Given that it is September, research gurus are telling parents that fit children do better academically than those who do not take part in any type of exercise program. The message here is to get kids moving. They will behave better, study harder and sleep more soundly.
Several news articles in the last few months reported that seniors who participated in a light weight training program on a regular basis improved cognitive functioning which made them happier and improved their socializing.
Having a level of fitness is not just true for seniors and children. The fitbit owners are making a fortune getting people to walk 10,000 steps a day. If it will work for you then get one. Or, stop and think about what you can do to be more active and more mindful of your own level of health and fitness.
Wow – This is not rocket science! Simply put, taking care of your ‘being’ physically will improve your emotional and mental functioning as well as your productivity in the workplace. Your health is your greatest resource. Responsibility for your good health and that of your children begins at home.
My clients come from the working population ( 18 – 65+). Many of their presenting issues are due to high stress in various areas of their lives ( career, relationships, divorce, family). Such stress is often manifested into depression, anxiety, anger etc.
Life is complex and it is hard at times. At one point or another we all have ‘stuff’ to deal with. People who partake in regular exercise are better able to process their emotions and work through their stressors. Structuring a break to exercise (such a 15 minue walk at lunch ) on a regular basis is homework I often give to my clients. Exercise can help you regulate your emotions and thoughts so that you are able to work through the difficult issues.
Regular exercise helps you improve performance in all areas of your life. September is a great month – a fresh start month – to structure exercise breaks that will allow you to feel better, gain more energy and come up with the creative thought process to problem solve. Let’ s all take a page from our Olympic and paralympic athletes and get active.
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