Just like exercise is needed to grow a strong healthy body, we also need exercise to grow a strong healthy brain and help prevent depression.
As I mentioned in the last article, I was a Tom Boy growing up. That is until I got derailed with the pressures of school. It wasn’t until I was an adult in my early 30’s that I realized I suffered from mild depression and looking back to my teen years I saw a cycle that I didn’t realize at the time.
When I wasn’t doing some form of regular exercise, I was depressed, moody and didn’t want to socialize much. But when I was exercising regularly, I was happy, more outgoing and slept a heck of a lot better!
So how does exercise help our brain? For starters, it gets blood, oxygen, and nutrients to your brain. Exercise also helps your body make more of the natural chemicals that help brain cells grow and survive.
So if you exercise and are healthy, you’re more likely to:
- Do better on tests
- Stay focused and pay more attention
- Give the right answers to questions in class
- Be more creative
- Set and reach your goals
- Get better grades
- Put you in a better mood
- Give you more energy so you can do the things you want to do
- Help calm you down when you are feeling the pressures of school
- Sleep better
Parents, how do you help your kids to be more active? Set an example! Recent studies show that if the parents are more active then their children tend to be also. So get out there walking, running, cycling or play a sport.
Make fitness a priority in your home by setting limits on watching TV, playing video games or being on FB. Walk to the store instead of driving. Find a sport or activity that they enjoy and encourage it. There are so many great actives for kids these days such as Hip Hop, lacrosse, soccer, year round ice skating or many forms of Martial Arts.
reference: www.fit.webmd.com, http://www.raisesmartkid.com
ZHOOSH Fitness Garage offers a unique Parents and Tots Karate class on Saturday mornings so you can be involved with your kids! Sensei Bill of Tashu Martial Arts Training Centre also teaches a Karate Kids class.
Another unique class that has just been introduced at the Garage is Capoeira Kids, a mixture of dance, martial arts, history and music. We also offer one for Youth & Adults with Abada Capoeira Vancouver.
Contact Robyn at: 778-323-1465 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!