Physical education is key to improving a child’s confidence, brainpower and long-term health

One of the most important things parents can give to their children is a physical education or involvement in organized sports activity. Physical education has slipped in priority over the last few years, especially in our public schools. Some schools don’t even have recess anymore. They’re producing children that can (sometimes) pass standardized tests at the academic level, but who are obese, diabetic, predisposed to heart disease and likely to live a relatively short life with high medical costs and lots of pain and suffering to boot. But what good is an education program that educates children on academics if those students won’t live a productive, healthy life using their academic skills?

That’s why I think physical education needs to be put back into our public schools as a top priority. Ten minutes of recess a day is not enough. Beyond recess, parents would do well to get their kids involved in additional physical education programs, like after-school programs or organized sports — anything that involves moving the body, whether it’s running track, playing soccer, playing basketball, practicing gymnastics… you name it. These are all excellent for children.

Written by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

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Nation’s exercise levels ‘shockingly low’

Almost one in 10 adults have not walked continuously for five minutes in the past four weeks, according to one of the most comprehensive studies conducted into physical fitness levels in England.

New research examining the lifestyles of a million adults, carried out by the Centre for Market and Public Organisation at Bristol University, paints an alarming picture of a country where “there are very high levels of physical inactivity”. The authors of the study argue that levels of physical activity are heavily influenced by socioeconomic factors.

The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, used the government’s annual Active People Surveys, dating back to 2006, to examine physical activity across all of England’s local authorities and measure it against factors such as income and ethnicity.

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Train For Endurance

If you want to increase your muscle quickly, you need to ramp up the weight you use in your resistance exercises. This is because you will only build muscle when you experience a level of resistance that is new to your muscles. Repeating the same amount of weight over and over, will give your muscles more endurance, but it won’t build new mass.

Even if you are using your fitness program to build muscle, you can benefit from cardiovascular exercise. Cardiovascular exercise will help build the endurance of your muscles, as well as, increase your lung capacity so you can work out longer without becoming fatigued. In addition, it increases blood flow to your muscles so you can gain more muscle mass from other exercises.

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Exercising Regularly

To help meet your goals of exercising regularly, invest in some home exercise equipment. If the equipment is right there, you won’t be tempted to skip your exercise routine due to lack of time. Your motivation will be right there staring you in the face all evening and so you’ll go do it.

Reduce stress on your muscles and avoid injury by warming-up before working out. Adequately warming-up will loosen up stiff muscles and get the blood flowing to them. Sudden movements on muscles that have not been properly warmed-up prior to exercise can result in pulled muscles, strains, and even tears.

If you want to burn off that excess fat, you should work on doing strength training exercises. Not only will these exercises burn calories while you’re going them, but they’ll build up muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn at a resting rate. It’s why when you don’t take in enough calories each day, your body starts to burn off your muscle rather than the excess fat. If you’re taking in less calories, your body tries to eliminate what it is using the most.

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Aerobic Exercise

Don’t be afraid to ask for help at the gym.  If you don’t know how to use a machine, go ahead and ask.  Understanding how to utilize both the aerobic and strength building machines will give you the confidence to actually use them.  The more comfortable you are, the more likely you are to keep up your workouts.

If you are looking to increase your stamina in your workouts, make sure to include aerobic exercises. In addition to burning calories, aerobic exercises such as jogging, dancing and biking help improve your lung and heart function, making your whole cardiovascular system more effective at bringing oxygen to your muscles.

To become more fit, you need only put one foot in front of the other.  Walking is an excellent way to improve your aerobic fitness level.  You will get your heart pumping, and muscles working.  You can start small, walking a little bit more every day.  Your body will adapt, and soon you will be able to walk miles and miles.

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Teach your body to burn calories faster

Many people have tried all sorts of diets, diet pills and fasts to lose weight. Unfortunately, too many of us get caught up in all the hype on the latest and newest product that we forget the simple basics.

Managing your weight is actually much simpler than you think. It’s all about understanding your body’s metabolism and balancing your energy (calorie) intake and energy expenditure.

Metabolism is simply how fast your body burns calories. When your metabolism is high, then you will find it much easier to shed extra weight. Therefore, one way to speed up weight loss is by boosting your metabolism. This does not mean starting a very intense exercise regime or going on a diet.

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Motivation for Running

Your legs and lungs may burn, but running can be just as taxing on your brain. From deciding to lace up to battling through every mile, “the method of running is psychological,” says Jeff Brown, Psy.D., an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. “Mentally coping with tough spots in running is crucial.” Here are a few ways to help you fight through these mental hurdles:

Visualize Success.
Athletes who pictured themselves focused and in control developed the strength of mind necessary to succeed, as outlined by research conducted recently. Before your run (and if your energy begins to wane partway through), imagine yourself running strong around the block or over the finish line.
Find Your Mantra.
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