WWE encourages the WWE Universe to stay fit this May
Throughout May, WWE is celebrating National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. There's no one better than the WWE Superstars and Divas to help promote the importance of physical activity and exercise not only this month, but throughout the year.
"Discover your world, explore your neighborhood, get your friends together for a day of fun in the sun or play in the park!" Beth Phoenix told WWE.com. "If you find activities that keep you moving as well as keep you entertained, you will find physical fitness is just a fringe benefit of your everyday fun!"
As stated in a proclamation by President Barack Obama issued by the White House's Office of the Press Secretary, "Americans of every age, background and ability can weave activity into their daily habits to improve their mental and physical wellbeing."
The importance of staying physically fit and being active is an idea that spans generations. First Lady Michelle Obama recently partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and other members of the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity to help promote the national "Let's Move" initiative to get kids active. It's something the WWE Superstars and Divas also feel very strongly about.
"In this day and age, there's a lot of technology and video game playing, and I'm guilty of it myself," Kofi Kingston admitted. "Just put down the controller for a little while and play outside!"
The Glamazon agreed, pointing out that it's important for adults to play an active role in getting kids moving.
"I'll admit, video games, DVDs, TiVo, high-speed Internet and WWE programming featuring the ever Glamorous Beth Phoenix can be a pretty powerful influence over adults, and just imagine being a kid and having all of this entertainment at your fingertips!" the Diva said. "Suddenly, stick ball and playing fetch with Rover isn't so cool. I think that's where we need to focus our energy and attention as adult role models. There is so much fun to be had outside!"
The President's proclamation also stated how beneficial being active is to today's youth: "Involvement in sports and recreational activities offer opportunities for young people to learn about teamwork, fair play, focus and dedication. As they develop into athletes, they acquire time management, goal setting and leadership skills. At any age, exercising with others also builds lasting friendships and helps keeps individuals motivated and involved."
"I think a lot of kids are missing out these days by not playing outside. We used to ride bikes, ride Big Wheels down hills and do all types of ridiculous stuff outside," Kingston smiled. "You don't have to do any kind of exercise regime, as long as you just be a kid and get outside and run around, you'll be all right!"