Sunday, February 14, 2010

Exercise: An Important Lifelong Practice

Being a 50-year-old father of three, I can tell you the world now is a much more competitive place than it was when I was in school.  

There are high school students with 4.3 and 4.5 grade point averages not being accepted to their first choices of college. Back when I was in school, there was no such thing as an above 4.0 grade point average.

We need our children to remain focused and stress-free throughout their day in order to keep them on the road to success. As parents, we can help by ensuring our children receive proper nutrition, sufficient rest and daily exercise.

If we can do these things for our children, here are some benefits they receive as a result:
  • Nutrition: vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals are essential for proper physiological body function. This aids in cleansing the liver and kidneys and holding proper hydration levels in our cells -- plus, they provide cancer-fighting abilities and build healthy immune systems.
  • Rest: repairs the body from the daily grind we call life. This allows the body to manufacture amino acids for muscle repair. Proper rest also aids in keeping us alert and dexterous.
  • Exercise: burns more calories to help maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Create better lung capacity for better blood and oxygen flow. Exercise also makes the heart strong and healthy.

Aside from these immediate benefits, our children also get healthy life style habits that will carry on to adult hood.

We are responsible for bestowing upon them these practices for a healthy lifestyle, so let's do it right.