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I recently had the opportunity to join two of my colleagues in speaking to parents at one of the primary schools in our area. The topic I was discussing was the importance of movement to regulation, mood and learning (for both us and our kids!). Having reminded myself yet again just how important this is, I have decided to share a few ideas about the benefits of regular movement via my blog.
To read more about just how good exercise or movement is for health, look out for information by John Ratey on the internet or his book Spark.
Forget everything I have just said! Much as all these reasons are true..., when it comes to getting out of bed and getting moving, these rational reasons aren’t always helpful. Marketing research tells us the closer we get to decision point, the more we will be influenced by our feelings. So, we need to focus on the feel good, short term messages. “I will feel better” or “my child will be calmer if we go for this walk around the block”. Rather than “We should do some exercise, it’s good for us”. These ‘should’ messages don’t work for motivation, and are more like being told to eat our brussel sprouts. We need to see movement opportunities as gifts for a great day rather than chores. For more on this motivational strategy look out for a book by Michelle Segar called No Sweat.
So my invitation to you is to choose exercise you enjoy (ideally together with your family if that suits you), be realistic in your goals and do it because it feels good!
I am an occupational therapist based in Perth’s northern suburbs offering both adult and child occupational therapy services. I work with children, adults and parents to create individualised strategies to help overcome everyday difficulties and enable individuals to reach their full potential. For more information about my occupational therapy services, feel free to contact me via my website.
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