Gentle Fall Transition: Day Five – Remember fun movement

Active-Brain-Activity2 There’s no way around it.  It’s difficult to be in the present moment if you don’t pay attention to your physical needs – including movement.  You and your child need not be a part of an organized team to enjoy moving your body.

Studies show that physical exercise increases cognitive functioning, including improving memory and attention – and not necessarily the kind of exercise we get by playing a team sport, which may only be available to a certain kind of child.  Worried about your child’s P.E. program?  Take a look at the BOKS program sponsored by Reebok, and the Spark Research-Based PE Program to learn more about getting more physical education in your child’s school.

Try this mindful movement routine with your family:

  • Take advantage of school year weekends to get outside and move.
  • Create family rules around screen time during daylight hours.
  • Model physical exercise without any serious goals – in other words, have fun.  Show your child that you don’t have to be on a varsity sports team to move your body.  Climb a hill, sit on a swing, crawl through a tunnel.
  • Remember that if you take your kids to a park for an hour,  your brain activity will improve too!  Take a look at this image of the brain before and after a twenty-minute walk:

Follow this link for tips to get your middle-schooler moving, stretching and making mindfulness part of everyday life:  Middle school mindfulness

You don’t have to be a teenager to get fidgety.  Shaking out your nervous energy is one of the best ways to calm an anxious mind – and it’s fun.  We may have forgotten that simple fact.  It may take some practice for you to remember fun movement.  But it’s well worth it, for your mental well-being as well as your muscle well-being.

Looking for more instruction to increase the occurrence of pleasant moments in your day? Join Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield in Mindfulness Daily.

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