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Guest post by Nikki Crouse, mom and fitness expert.
First of all, let me be clear about the fact that I was never the kid who moved gracefully and was usually one of the last people picked when teams were divided up in gym class. I tripped over invisible lines and, when I was brave enough to
wear shorts, everyone made fun of my purple, splotchy legs. I rarely made a basket, fainted during two track meets, and lived up to my self-acclaimed reputation as a klutz. I’m not kidding!!!
How time changes things as my life now revolves around fitness. As a personal trainer and fitness specialist, I am especially intrigued by the connection between exercise and the brain. I believe we are just at the tip of the iceberg in our understanding of how much movement affects learning, but here are some things we know for sure about how exercise impacts our brain:
Are you seeing the big picture here? Experts are predicting that our children will be the first generation to live shorter life spans than their parents. I believe our knowledge and action will not allow this devastating trend to continue. The buck stops here. We all need to make changes in order to turn the ship around.
Sooo…as we stand at the beginning of summer, how can we take advantage of our time to help our families become healthier? Here are five ways to increase your family’s fitness…
The main thing is that SOMETHING is better than NOTHING. Make it a priority to move every day to keep the body and brain primed for life-long health and learning!
Bio: Nikki Crouse is a mother of two, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and founded JustbFit, working with teachers, parents and kids to increase fitness for life success! Nikki Crouse on Twitter.