How Exercise Can Improve Your Happiness Level

Exercise. We all know we should do it. But with all the daily demands of being a teacher, exercise is the last thing you want to fit into your day. I mean, come on, you would need superhero levels of energy and motivation to add in exercise into your already overflowing schedule.

But did you know that the benefits of exercise are more than “looking better”?

In fact, adding exercise into your schedule has a LONG list of benefits. Here are just a few:

IMPROVED HAPPINESS LEVELS

Exercise releases endorphins, the chemicals responsible for feelings of well being and euphoria.

STRESS RELIEF– Regular workouts help to relieve stress, alleviate symptoms of depression, and enhance a positive outlook.

IMPROVED MEMORY & BRAIN POWER – Research has found that exercise increased the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with memory and learning. Exercise boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus.

So how much exercise do you need to do? The recommendation is 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Use a pedometer and track how many steps you take each day. To be considered “active” the goal is 10,000 steps. Challenge yourself to reach 10,000 steps a day.
  • Start small. Commit to doing 10 minutes of an exercise video or walk for exercise 3 days a week. Increase the time and amount of days as you progress.
  • Better together. Find a co-worker to join you to go for a walk after school. Having someone to hold you accountable is the key, and at the same time you are forming positive relationships.
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SEL IN ACTION

Hope that you all enjoyed the very first advisory show of the year.

Sharing how our very own, Kamilla Maii engages her 8th graders in the Second Step lessons.  Here is a photo and also a video of how she uses ClassDojo to encourage participation.

Click here to view a video of Kamilla in action. You will need to log in to your Kaimuki Middle google account to view the video.

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