How was your weekend?? Mine was fantastic! Full of BodyPUMP (squats–butt building–rocks!!) spinning, laundry (lots and lots), cleaning, packing, family, yummy dinners, church, and some hot tub time. Glorious (well, all except the packing part).
Sedentary vs. Physically Active
The other day I was reading an article about a study that proves children do better at school when they are physically active.
To me, this is obvious (the strong, positive link between kids’ school performance and physical activity levels), but it is always nice to have a scientific study and a bunch of researchers proving that point.
The study found that children who were given opportunities to be physically active (read: recess and PE classes) had higher grades and test scores than those who were not given that time.
Our brains do better when we have a chance to be physically active. We think, write, read, and perform better when we exercise our bodies. Have you ever had a writer’s block?? Did you just sit there and get frustrated, or did you get up and go for a walk? Science proves that those who get up and go for a walk would get past that block and be able to perform much better.
And those of you who have children, it is vital that they get that physical activity–especially in a world where sitting on the couch, playing with our phones, or zoning out in front of a TV are becoming popular pastimes! Plus, with childhood obesity on the rise, it would do us all well to help the kiddos get excited about being physically active.
Sedentary vs. Physicalyl Activity Pictures
Want another study and some pictures to prove that it does well to be physically active NOW and enjoy the benefits forever??
Of course you do 😉
Here is a picture of the cross-section of a 40 year-old triathlete’s legs:
The picture shows the muscle and surrounding tissue.
Now check THIS out :
The cross-section of the 74 year old triathlete’s legs is almost exactly the same as the cross-section of the quads of the 40 year old triathlete! (And the 74 year old sedentary man’s legs are full of adipose tissue and atrophied muscle).
What we do when we’re younger matters…..and we should continue being physically active.
The adage that the elderly must become fat, without muscle, and sedentary is SO very false. We can control our destinies-and it all starts with building physical activity into our daily schedules NOW!
Whatever age, whatever gender, and whatever ethnicity, YOU can be physically active and reap the wonderful benefits. Oh, and if you have children, share that beauty with them, and watch your family become one joyful unit!
And with that, I am off to be super physically active — stair mill machine and teaching BodyPUMP here I come!
What are YOU doing now to make sure YOU build physical activity into YOUR schedule?? If YOU have kids or a spouse, what do YOU do to help them enjoy the beauty of being active too?? And just for fun, what is YOUR favorite way of being sedentary?? 😉