The scientific literature has shown that physical activity during childhood closely determines whether one continues to be active throughout one’s life, although it is possible to take up sport at a later age. However, most young people are not sufficiently physically active, which carries the risk that they will abandon sport in adulthood. Understanding the obstacles and ways to encourage lasting engagement in sports activities, while seeking to identify the benefits for our health are key to promoting active and healthy lifestyles.
Research has demonstrated that getting young people involved in a long-term physical and beneficial activity depends on three indispensable and indissociable factors: varied motor skills, good physical condition and a positive relationship with the practise of a physical sports activity.
It is essential for the individual to identify these so that, by measuring their activity, physical condition and motor creativity, they can engage and progress in sports activities in the long term.