Prescribed Medicine of Movement

7 Jan

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if our pediatricians started prescribing Movement as much as they prescribed medication? Dr. Bill Sears just published an article in the Sam’s Club Healthy Living magazine for Jan/Feb. 2013. He discusses a recent research article comparing a two groups of boys diagnosed with ADD, the “sitters” and the “movers”. The “movers” were prescribed 20 minutes of vigorous exercise per day. The study showed remarkable improvement in their ADD, especially in their ability to sit still and focus. In 2010, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed 50 scientific studies on the benefits of exercise. In general, the more school-aged children exercised, the better their school performance and overall health.

Also in the article, Dr. Sears provides a list of tips and tricks to get children to move. These include taking family walks, encourage movement while watching tv, take the stairs, get them involved in sports, and practice anytime, anywhere exercises.

This is awesome information, but very difficult to implement unless we as adults commit to a healthy lifestyle full of movement as well. Every little bit counts and every little positive change is one step closer than you were before. We can do it! And if we can learn to move more, we can encourage our children to as well!

Children moving
(Image courtesy of Google)

Read the full article here:
http://catalog.samsclub.com/app.asp?RelId=5.0.1.1&BookCode=h0113flx

Visit http://www.askdrsears.com and http://www.drsearswellnessinstitute for more great information from Dr. Sears.

Happy moving!

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