Dad’s and Fitness: While the Focus on Fitness initiative is primarily focused on students, increasing fitness is beneficial for all. While this article is based upon research from Australia, the results are important for all, and most likely would be true for students as well.
This article addresses heart disease, depression and obesity in men.
The article states, “Exercise would be the most widely prescribed medication on earth if it could be condensed into a pill.” Obesity and depression are factors in heart disease for men. By exercising just one hour per week, symptoms of depression decrease; it appears that additional exercise continues to reduce the symptoms of depression.
We encourage students to get a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise per day.
You may want to try the following to increase fitness levels:
· Take walks as a family,
· We encourage students to practice their sit-ups and push-ups at home every day—do them together as a family,
· Play outside with your kids,
· Play catch,
· Walk your children to school,
· Park the car a couple of blocks from school, and walk the rest of the way to school.
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