Fitness


Sept|Oct 2017

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!  

September is National Yoga Awareness Month!

Physical Activity Guidelines for Children

Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.

Source: www.cdc.gov

What to do to get - and keep - children active?

Role Model – set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself.

Gifts of Health – give your children equipment that encourages physical activity.

Encourage Activity – be positive about the physical activities in which children participate and encourage them to try new activities.

Daily Routine – make physical activity part of your family’s daily routine by taking family walks or playing active games together.

Destination Active – take children to places they can be active, such as parks, courts or fields.

Source: www.cdc.gov

The Basic Yoga Poses

Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.   Practicing yoga (as well as other forms of regular exercise) may improve quality of life; reduce stress; lower heart rate and blood pressure; help relieve anxiety, depression, and insomnia; and improve overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility.

Try holding each pose for three to five long breaths.  Doing this for 20 minutes a day to start your day (or anytime during the day) will help your mental alertness.

Tree Pose

Like a tree, this pose grounds you.  It improves balance and strenghtens your legs and back.

Sukhasna

A comfortable sitting position to prepare for meditation.  Relax your body and focus on deep breathing.

Triangle Pose

This pose stretches the legs and torso and loosens the hips.  It also promotes deep breathing.

Downward Dog

This pose stretches the hamstrings and chest.  It also allows more blood flow to your head.

Cobra Pose

This pose strengthens the lower back and triceps.  It adds flexibility to the spine and promotes better breathing by opening up the chest.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Institute of Health and National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2013). Yoga: In Depth.  Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/health/yoga/introduction.htm