Guest Blogger Susanne Deitermann is the Director of Evaluation and Assessment at The Edge, and has been with us for five years. She is an avid fitness enthusiast, and loves good movies, books, and snacks.
It seems elementary to me, the connection between the brain and the body.
Recently at a friend’s house, I observed a lab puppy careening around the house at warp speed. My comment: “that’s what I’m like when I don’t exercise.”
Once a week, I ride my bike to the EDGE—24.4 miles round trip (the .4 is important) and those are my most productive days.
An article I read last week was entitled “How Biking-to-Work Helps Companies’ Bottom Lines.”
My frustration is brought to the fore when I read articles like these. Not because they don’t makes sense, rather, because they DO.
Our United States, with our high rates of obesity and rising costs for health care, seem unable to make the connections between exercise, nutrition, and health.
Case in point: cut physical education in schools, put kids on a bus to/from school, feed them processed foods, medicate them when they can’t sit still, watch the obesity statistics rise, and then wonder what happened.
Exercise is under-rated, just like sleep. Exercise has been proven to improve mood, reduce depression, slow down the aging process, lower one’s risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. (read this article about how exercise affects kids in school!)
I get frustrated when I see cuts to schools for something I believe is essential.
Our children benefit, our schools benefit, and our society benefits when we take care of ourselves.
Recent trends provide hope. Teachers are introducing exercise balls for student seating, stand-up tables with swinging foot rests so kids can move while they work, and districts are exploring better and more nutritional school menus—and just like in the article, parents and schools are re-visiting the idea of physical education, recess, and nutrition.
But, we all need to pay attention and we need to lead by example.
Take the stairs.
Park across the lot.
Walk to your colleague’s desk instead of emailing.
Ride your bike.
Our bodies really ARE designed to move.