“Today’s 10 year olds are the first generation expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents”.
Just a few generations ago, physical activity was an integral part of daily life. In the name of progress, we’ve now chipped away at it so thoroughly that physical inactivity actually seems normal.
In less than two generations, physical activity has dropped by 20% in the U.K. and 32% in the U.S. In China, the drop is 45% in less than one generation. Vehicles, machines and technology now do our moving for us. What we do in our leisure time doesn’t come close to making up for what we’ve lost.
That physical inactivity is now considered normal is a terrible indictment of our culture. Physical activity does more than create good health. It contributes to leadership, productivity and innovation. It lowers depression and crime, increases education and income levels, and generates return to businesses. It unleashes human potential, and this is what our country is crying out for in these recessionary times.
At Elite Taekwon-Do Academy we teach that physical fitness is a prerequisite for a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Through Taekwon-Do training we endeavor to develop our students not just physically but emotionally and socially too. Other not-so-obvious benefits of Taekwon-Do training are Time-Management, Goal Setting,Initiative/Leadership,Honesty,Integrity,Respect, Responsibilty, Intrinsic Motivation,Commitment, and Self-Discipline. And you thought we were just kicking and punching.