“Physical activity and sports are generally promoted for their positive effect on children’s physical health; regular participation in physical activity in childhood is associated with a decreased cardiovascular risk in youth and adulthood.Ai?? There is also a growing body of literature suggesting that physical activity has beneficial effects on several mental health outcomes, including health-related quality of life and better mood states.Ai?? In addition… there is a strong belief that regular participation in physical activity is linked to enhancement of brain function and cognition, thereby positively influencing academic performance.”

An interesting article recently came out from Dr. Mercola (www.mercola.com) citing this recent study that again confirms that exercise is not only helpful for your body, but just as much for your brain, especially in children.Ai?? Does your child suffer academically?Ai?? While there could be a myriad of reasons, one often overlooked reason is simply that he or she is not being physically active.Ai?? “Two years ago, ABC News reported on a special program being implemented at Naperville Central High School, where students could take part in a dynamic gym class at the beginning of the day, and had access to exercise bikes and balls throughout the day in their classrooms. The results were astounding. Those who participated nearly doubled their reading scores, and math scores increased 20-fold!”

Why is proper exercise so beneficial?Ai?? In simplest terms, among many helps, exercise causes nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage.Ai?? A 2010 study on primates published in Neuroscience also revealed that regular exercise helped the monkeys learn new tasks twice as quickly as non-exercising monkeys.Ai?? Experts believe the same is true for humans.

There is no way to beat around the bush.Ai?? Our children are slowly dying, yet invisibly.Ai?? Diseases are hitting them at younger and younger ages, largely due to diet and stagnancy (thanks to computers and television).

But the real question we must ask ourselves is this:Ai?? How exactly should they, and we, exercise?Ai?? This is where BTInsiders may be a surprised.Ai?? People assume “the harder, the longer, the better,” but we, and a growing number of others, advocate the near-opposite.Ai?? Though vigorous exercise can be beneficial in the short-run, such is not the case in the long-run.Ai?? Long-distance running, for instance, is not only detrimental to your knees and joints over time, but even your insides.Ai?? Recent research is demonstrating that the more we breath through our mouths, and the more intensely, the larger the air molecules we breath in, which literally “burn” and damage the blood vessels and related tissues inside our bodies.Ai?? Prolonged running was never meant for us.

Furthermore, most of us breathe incorrectly.Ai?? In fact, recently Jon Niednagel has been engaging in “diaphragmatic breathing,” experiencing extremely positive results.Ai?? Diagnosed with a terminal cancer one year ago, JN was near deathai??i??s door this past summer. Every medical and nutritional approach he tried was of no help. Hyperventilating continually and nearly suffocating to death, JN tried a new device as a last-ditch effort.Ai?? Now 5 months into the process, by the grace of God, the results have been dramatic.Ai?? He no longer suffers as he did, and nearly every bad symptom has improvedai??i??most of them appreciably.Ai?? Technology out of Europe involving a simple breathing device has recently enabled Niednagel to take only one breath every 65 seconds – for over 30 minutes.Ai?? When he started, Jon was only able to breathe every 10 seconds for 5-10 minutes.Ai?? (He now jokes he may be able to live in the pond).Ai?? While we cannot give a detailed explanation in this article, we hope to inform our readers more about this in due time, and how proper breathing has the potential to improve many physical maladies.Ai?? As of now, the results for Jon Niednagel have been very encouraging.Ai?? We do not need to breathe harder (expanding the lungs horizontally) the typical thoracic way, but instead by diaphragmatic breathing we use this ai???second heartai??? and vital muscle to push other organs aside, allowing the lungs to drop lower where they function optimally.Ai?? Also, the diaphragm in this mode can massage adjoining organs and tissues which improves their functionai??i??including the lymphatic and immune systems.

But for now, a brisk walk every day will get your heart pumping, yet still allow you to breathe through your noise, which is optimal.Ai?? The benefits of nose-breathing as opposed to mouth-breathing are many.Ai?? One reason given, as a number of sources explain: “Nose breathing imposes approximately 50 percent more resistance to the air stream in normalAi?? individuals than does mouth breathing, resulting in 10-20 percent more O2 uptake.Ai?? There must be adequate nasal resistance to maintain adequate elasticity of the lungs.”

And also …

“The lungs are a primary source of our energy level. They extract oxygen from the air we breathe primarily on the exhale.Ai?? Because the nostrils are smaller then the mouth, air exhaled through the nose creates back pressure when one exhales. It slows the air escape so the lungs have more time to extract oxygen from them. When there is proper oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange, the blood will maintain a balanced pH. If carbon dioxide is lost too quickly, as in mouth breathing, oxygen absorption is decreased.

In short, it is great to exercise, but vigorous exercise that breaks down our bodies is not the best way happy, healthy, and long life.Ai?? Get your child outside, allowing them to engage in the simple activities of yesteryear, keeping in mind that not only is it good for their bodies, but also for their brains, and potentially their academic future.

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