BENEFITS OF EXERCISE FOR YOUNGER & OLDER CHILDREN
1 - Produces the happy Hormone "Endorphins"
2 - Relieves depression & anger
3 - Confidence building
4 - Accomplishments enjoyed
5 - Health & coping mechanisms improved.
HEALTHY BODY = HEALTHY MIND
Omega-3 fatty acids help
1 - Brain Development & Function
2 - Help behaviour condition s such as
3 - Cell function for example
- Skin Health
- Hormone Production
Best source s of Omega-3 fatty acids are found in
1) Fish Oils
2) Avocado Oil
Pumpkin Seeds contain mood-boosting tryptophan-an amino acid that s vital for serotonin production. High in Magnesium one study resulted in those that ate their daily goal of the mineral (equal to half a cup) are less likely to be depressed then those lacking in it. Try healthy home made oat & seed muffins, biscuits or add them to salads .
Foods such as Bright red berries such as rasberrie s, apple cider vinegar, garlic & peppermint are great for healing & settling sore tummies .
Minerals, fresh air & nature are felt through many senses under a child's feet. Understanding & being guided by the earth to move & navigate is a very natural & healing function. Being grounded is another term for this. Feeling connected to mother nature is important on a daily basis.
From the time we crawled, slid or escaped from the "Primordial Ooze" we, or human-kind have been moving. When I say "move" I mean not remain stationary or stopping still. Which is the problem we have today. To many of us are remaining stationary for too long and not moving enough. From our hunter gatherer days we were required to move constantly, otherwise we would simple not survive. Day to day existence relied on us constantly moving so we could gather plant based foods and hunt animals in order to satisfy our hunger and provide coverings to shelter us from a harsh environment.
We no longer have to hunt and gather for our food. But our modern lifestyle comes at a cost. Most of us simply don't move enough. When I say move, I don't just mean exercising, training, participating in sports or going to the gym. Movement can take many forms, but lack of it is the leading cause of what some call the "World-wide Obesity epidemic". Two thirds of Australian adults and one in four Australian children aged 5-17 are overweight or obese. These are staggering figures which might surprise and shock some of us. Everyone, from young children to the elderly, need to move more. How much and how can we move more you might ask? Well I'll answer those questions in my next article.
At the Garden School we making "moving" a priority. We try to stay away from too much technology and get all of our students to use all of their five sensors. That includes not sitting for too long and just getting out in the outdoors and moving more. We have a weekly Sports Day program on Tuesday at 9:30, conducted most days on the beach at Peregian Beach. Come and let your child try a Sports Day class and I guarantee they will be "moving" constantly for 45 minutes.
Health.gov.au. (2019). Department of Health | Overweight and Obesity. [online] Available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Overweight-and-Obesity [Accessed 6 May 2019].