Dear Students and families,
I miss seeing you in the gym. I wanted to give you some ideas to do Physical Education at home. When my youngest son was 9 months old and a preemie he needed to be an immunosuppressant. We quickly made the decision to homeschool and stay home for a long 8 weeks . During a time of great stress for my family we made it a priority to listen to worship music and run/walk every day. Even if it was only a few minutes. As I reflect on that time, it was the best thing we could have done to stay present with my family, connect with God, and keep my anxiety and stress levels lower. I’m so grateful that a way God made our bodies to relieve stress is through movement and physical activity. There many health and physical benefits of exercise and even just staying active through the day.
A 2019 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that serotonin, a mood-regulating chemical the body produces, increases during exercise and can boost the energy and strength of our nerve cell. Most people reported that they feel calm and have a sense of well-being after they exercise. If you are able try some at home workouts and if it safe get outside for walk/run with your family. I know every family is in different circumstances, but we are in this together. I think of you all often and am praying for you. Until we can get back in the gym for a fun game of capture the flag or shark and minnows check out some of these ideas below. If you would like keep track and we will have a class surprise for who has the most combined minutes.