Monday, April 18, 2011

Not seeing doesn't mean it's not there!


Yes we want you to be physically active! Yes we want you to be physically educated! Yes we want you to be fit! And yes we want you to look good doing it, but if we look at reality, the people who start to exercise do it because they want to look better. This is not a bad thing, kudos to you for wanting to improve the way you look, but once again if we look at reality most people want results NOW, and the human body just does not work that fast. So the question becomes, why am I doing this I am seeing no results. When the reality is all results are internal, and they are actually quite beneficial. In recent studies just 30 minutes a day several times a week can relieve general anxiety and stress, as well as reduce the effect of depression. “Aerobic exercise increases levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine.” (Ref.) These transmitters allow the body to have emotional stability, mental awareness, as well as calmness and the ability to focus. Stated earlier regular exercise can be used by any age to reduce stress. Life happens and when it does we end up with a chest full of stress, or a headache trying to cope with decisions. When people exercise it stimulates brain activity allowing decisions to be made easier, and stress leaves the body through physical exertion. Another way to look at it is, if we have a student who has a hyperactive disorder and has been sitting in a class all day long being reprimanded for not being able to sit still or focus, stress and anxiety are going to set in with that student making it at this point impossible for them to focus on any kind of learning. If we give this hyperactive student a physically active outlet, our student will be able to literally work off the stress, in a safe constructive way. Thus allowing them to reenter the classroom fresh ready to learn. Studies have also showed that a positive correlation relationship between physical activity and academic performance. This relationship needs to be taken more seriously when discussing the academic performance of any student who has questionable learning disabilities, or any academic issues. So going back to the beginning, even though we do not see external results, we can feel the internal results and that is a great start to life-long physical fitness.


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