Feature: Five Parenting Principles Inspired by Fitness Classes
Parenting Principles Inspired by Fitness Classes By Cheryl Maguire
I love fitness classes, and I much prefer them to working out on my own. The social atmosphere and positive peer pressure to push myself keep me coming back for more. During exercise classes such as spin or Bodypump, the instructor provides cues to help improve participants’ workouts. It recently dawned on me that in addition to prompting the steps in my exercise session, these cues relate to parenting my children.
REMEMBER TO BREATHE
During fitness classes, the instructor will provide several cues to breathe. At this point you might be wondering, “Do I really need to be reminded to breathe? Shouldn’t that be instinctive?” When you exercise, your body requires more oxygen
than it does in resting mode. A reminder helps you to become more aware of your breathing and adjust it accordingly, to provide your body with that extra boost of oxygen.
The research of Drs. Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg found that deep breathing can help with anxiety and stress.
Dr. Alison McConnell is considered the world’s leading expert on breathing training. In her research, she found that breathing improperly during exercise can lead to increased risk of injury or loss of balance.
As parents, we can often be found chasing after a toddler, running around to our children’s various activities, or even experiencing accelerated heart rate when our children are acting defiant. During these times, it is important to remember to breathe.
Vancouver Family Magazine • www.vancouverfamilymagazine.com • May 2019
Your body is composed of 60 percent water. When you exercise, you typically sweat, resulting in water loss to your body. For this reason, it is important to stay hydrated while working out. If you become dehydrated, you can become sick or even lose consciousness. To prevent continued on page 22
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