London 2012: Is It Good for The Nation’s Fitness?
How is this the case?
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No matter where you’re from in the world, the Olympics are always something that you can be looking forward to. They happen every four years, which means that there is always at least one being planned somewhere in the world, with another country getting excited about seeing the Games in their home land. This year is the turn of London, England, and I thought that it might be good to have the chance to be able to think about how the Games have changed our lives recently.
It can’t have escaped your attention that the UK has one of the highest obesity levels in the world. This is partly to do with the fact that everyone likes to eat so much junk food, but also to do with the fact that more of us than ever are driving, and certainly more of us are spending time in front of the computer rather than being out and getting active with our friends. This has led to us being a very unhealthy nation.
The Olympics always makes me want to start participating in sport. Indeed, once every four years I will get my bicycle out and start cycling, and I wil sign up to the gym thinking that maybe at one point I will be able to get to the stage where I could be winning a medal myself. I know deep down that it is never going to happen, but it is so motivating to see people from my country who have managed to do just that, and that are now really being able to make something of themselves. In my town, after the actual Olympics have finished, they are running a mini Olympics. They have been holding events for different age groups over the past week, and will be running the finals in the week after London 2012 is over. This has attracted the attention of not just children, but people of all ages, and it has meant that you have people training for events that you’ve never even seen before.
On the other hand, you have to take into account that there are millions of people around the country who are being gripped by the games to the extent that they don’t want to miss a single second of it. This means that they are spending their time in front of the television, probably with a lot of snacks, instead of being out there are being active themselves. Although it is only for two weeks, this is long enough for them to get into the habit of being sedentary rather than active, and this means that it could have a negative effect on them in the long term after the event is over. People should be encouraged to take part in the actual sports rather than just watching them on TV like most people are doing.
There is such great scope for the Olympics to be a success not only for the athletes but also for those people who are inspired by them; but unfortunately there are far too many people who don’t seem to want to take part in the sports at all.