Endorphins have been commonly termed “feel good” Chemicals. Omitted during physical activity, endorphins can assist in improving upon an individual’s well-being and overall state of mind. One Empirical study performed by Dr. Fox, a professor at the University of Bristol, suggests that physical activity has many benefits. These benefits include but are not limited to improved self-esteem, lowered anxiety, and decreased stress levels (Fox, 1999).
To further elaborate upon this point, I decided to ask one dedicated 2nd Recess participant, Ethan Hurt about the way in which regular exercise has assisted him in staying stress free and relaxed. Below is his response:
“2nd Recess helps me to not be stressed because while I am here I am only thinking about running and having fun; When I am at 2nd Recess, I do not have to worry about anything else."
Great Answer Ethan!! (:
Listed below are a few simple tricks and tips for alleviating stress in your daily life.
Socialize with positive people – on a daily basis; Ensure that you surround yourself with people who will lift you up instead of those who bring you down.
Take time for you – Ensure that you set aside a small amount of time each day to breathe and reflect upon the positive aspects of your life
Relax! – When times get tough and stress gets overwhelming take three deep breaths. This will allow you to refocus and reset in order to move forward.
Exercise – Run, Walk, Jump, Skip – just get out and get moving! Releasing endorphins is a proven way to reduce stress and increase overall well-being
Say positive affirmations – You are only as great as you believe you are. Take time to remind yourself of just how amazing you are.
Select healthy food choices – Healthy food choices will keep you feeling energized. More energy allows you to be active and strong!
Fox, K. R. (1999). The influence of physical activity on mental well-being.Public health nutrition, 2(3a), 411-418.
The infamous question… Upon becoming a 2nd Recess Coach, I was thrilled to see the incorporation of cross training through activities such as “Circuits” and “Pick-Your-Poison”. However, it did not take long before questions began to arise.
“Hey Coach – Why are we doing pushups at running club?”
“I do not need sit-ups to run fast!”
Although these are seemingly logical questions as the children are not improving upon their strides while holding a “plank-position” it is important for every age to understand the benefits of cross-training for the improvement of their running and overall health and well-being.
Before pursuing the benefits of Cross-Training it is important to understand what exactly this is:
As defined by ACE (American Counsel of Exercise) – Cross Training involves an exercise regimen that utilizes several modes of training (sit-ups, push-ups, swimming) to develop additional components of fitness.
Benefits include but are not limited to the following:
Matthews, J. (2009, September 2). What is cross training and why is it important? Retrieved May 5, 2016, from http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/36/what-is-cross-training-and-why-is-it/
Monkey see, monkey do.’ We are all familiar with that phrase, referring to someone or something that copies another person. However, did you know it also might accurately represent a great strategy for parents to help their children develop good eating habits and activity levels? Research suggests that children whose parents play an active role in their health education while they grow up are less likely to become overweight, obese, and develop unhealthy habits (4).
Parents, you play an exciting role in your child’s life. Kids are like sponges and they absorb all sorts of information around them. If you go out for a run, bike ride, or pickup soccer game they will see you and 9 times out of 10 will probably want to join you! As a parent, you are creating and influencing the habits that your children will rely on for the rest of their lives.
There are many ways to go about combating obesity but one of the most important weapons in our arsenal is right at home. At 2nd Recess, we encourage parents to join their kids in active play because we know of the power they hold to make a difference in the health of their child. If you are a parent and want to know how to inspire your family to be healthy and active get started by visiting our website, www.2ndrecess.org, or the Let’sMove.gov site.
Try incorporating one of the tips below to jump start your family health routine!
1. Be active (1)!
2. Encourage playing outside (2).
3. Have dinner as a family (3).
4. Learn about healthy habits as a family.
1. M. Y. Hood and others, “Parental Eating Attitudes and the Development of Obesity in Children: The Framingham Children’s Study,” International Journal of Obesity 24, no. 10 (2000): 1319.
2. T. Baranowski and others, “Observations on Physical Activity in Physical Locations: Age, Gender, Ethnicity, and Month Effects,” Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 64, no. 2 (1993): 127–33; J. F. Sallis and others, “Correlates of Physical Activity at Home in Mexican-American and Anglo-American Preschool Children,” Health Psychology 12, no. 5 (1993): 390–98.
3. M. W. Gillman and others, “Family Dinner and Diet Quality among Older Children and Adolescents,” Archives of Family Medicine 9, no. 3 (2000): 235–40; D. Neumark-Sztainer and others, “Family Meal Pat- terns: Associations with Sociodemographic Characteristics and Improved Dietary Intake among Adoles- cents,” Journal of the American Dietetic Association 103, no. 3 (2003): 317–22.
4. Ana C. Lindsay, Katarina M. Sussner, Juhee Kim, and Steven Gortmaker, “The Role of Parenting in Preventing Childhood Obesity,” The Future of Children 16, 1 (2006): 169-86.
Learning Nutrition is as easy as ABCDE
Children are taught from an early age to learn their ABC’s. Although important, recent research from the American Psychological Association has determined that it might be equally as important for children to learn their “ABCDE’s”.
What does ABCDE stand for?
ABCDE stands for “Act Boldly to Change Diet and Exercise”. This initiative begun when researchers found alarming statistics about the state of health experienced by modern day children. A few of these statistics are outlined below.
ABCDE.(n.d.). Retrieved July 10, 2016, from http://www.apa.org/topics/children/healthy-eating.aspx
SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - It’s never too early to start getting in shape for summer. Why not get your kids excited too?
2nd Recess is here to help for kids ages 5 and up. The after school running program introduces fun and fitness to kids through running.
Each practice consists of a thorough warmup, drills, and strides, followed by two workouts and a cooldown. The practice concludes with a talk on an inspirational topic as well as a healthy snack.
Do your kids already love running? Take them down to Petco Park on Sunday to participate in the San Diego Kids Race. The race is a closed-loop course inside the park. Interested in the race? Head here for tickets.
2nd Recess founders, Natasha LaBeaud Anzures & Marco Anzures, along with some runners joined News 8 Morning Extra to talk about all things running.