Physical Activity and Sports

We suggest that regular and daily physical activity is present in every family’s routine. Encouraging children to make their leisure time more active will contribute to a long-lasting, enduring active lifestyle and carry into adulthood.

55.4% of children between the ages of 9 and 17 do not complete the recommended amount of physical activity set by the World Health Organization (WHO). Even so, there’s more: This figure rises to 73.3% when referring to girls of the same age range. As a consequence, the ALADINO study coordinated by the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) confirms that 4 out of 10 children from 6 to 9 years old are overweight and that 64% of children dedicate more hours of their day to sedentary activities (watching television, play on the computer, or play on a cell phone).

Here at the Gasol Foundation, we work under the assumption that a “healthy life” does not correspond to a balanced, varied and adequate diet, resting the necessary hours and ensuring emotional well-being without an emphasis on regular physical activity. We treat everything under the guise that healthy habits form the components of the Healthy Galaxy: Within the galaxy we have 4 planets, one for every component (physical activity and sports, healthy eating, rest, and emotional well-being) with all interacting in harmony, dependent upon the state of the other three planets.

Did you know that according to the WHO, physical activity helps to develop the strength of childrens’ bones, joints, and muscles, aside from forming a healthy cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), and maintaining a healthy physical weight? Also, did you know that the WHO associates the practice of physical activity with better control of anxiety and depression and promotes the development of social skills among youth (self-confidence, social interaction, integration)? With the objective of promoting the optimal development of young children and fighting against childhood obesity and under our motto “Make It Healthy, Make It Fun”, the Gasol Foundation promotes that the routines of boys, girls, youth, and their families include an active lifestyle. Examples include through sports, finding a way to adapt them to the preferences of children, and also through physical exercise. Promoting activities during leisure time is also key and has simple solutions: going on a walk, going on a bike ride, a small excursion throughout the neighborhood with everyone before bed or for longer during the weekend, going to the park with the family…the options are infinite!

 

Recommendations for daily physical activity and sports:

Children and youth from 5 to 17 years old should participate in a minimum of 60 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Daily physical activity of more than 60 minutes leads to greater health benefits.

How can children and youth achieve these recommendations made by the World Health Organization?

They are simple to achieve with a few simple rules and our motto #MakeItHealthyMakeItFun!

Minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity daily: Children and youth from 5 to 17 years old should participate in about 60 minutes minimum daily of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Physical activity improves health and reduces the risk of developing chronic illnesses, including obesity and diabetes.

Limit the use of screens (maximum of two hours a day): Children that spend lots of time watching television, playing video games, at the computer, with their phone or tablet, are physically less active during their youth. The WHO recommends a maximum of two hours of screen time a day.

 

Lead an active lifestyle every day: Regular physical activity helps to maintain a healthy body, improves the development of the muscular system, and benefits cardiovascular health. It is important to not confuse physical activity with sports: At the Gasol Foundation, we support whichever type of physical movement and that includes sports as well as other activities (playing, walking, dancing). All physical activities benefit one’s health!

Practice physical activity among family: Exercise, aside from being a great alternative to staying sedentary, is an excellent way to form a strong family bond, fortalize the connections between children and their families, and educate from the example set by our motto “Lead By Example”. Implement active routines and are fun and varying in order to connect everyone to the family nucleus!

Pau and Marc Gasol, through the Gasol Foundation, promote that boys, girls, youth and their families learn to enjoy physical activity and sports as well as include them in their daily lives in order to guarantee an optimal state of health in their present and in their future.