Exercise is essential for healthy growth and overall well-being, but the best way to increase your physical activity levels is by doing it more frequently, according to a new book by a group of fitness experts.
The Mindfulness, Body and Body Image Exercise for Parents exercise book from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is one of a growing number of books that are geared towards parents and their children.
MBSR is the name of a movement of mental health professionals and health professionals who encourage parents to use mindfulness to improve their physical and mental health.
The book was developed by Mindfulness Education Institute, a nonprofit group that advocates for parents and kids to be more mindful and active, including through exercise.
“When parents and children begin to do something together, they are likely to feel more connected and happier,” said Dr. Daniel R. Burdette, author of the book.
“We need to encourage these kinds of activities, so that kids can learn how to have fun and make the best of their busy schedules.”
The book, titled Why you Should Exercise at Most Occasions, details the different types of exercise that can improve overall physical health and well-functioning.
The types of exercises that can help parents and the kids include: physical activity, reading, social interaction, group activities, music and sports.
There are a number of other types of activities that can also be used for both physical and social health, including exercise in bed, using a fitness device, and even some form of meditation.
“For parents who are in a hurry to get their kids active, it’s important to make sure that they understand how to balance a busy schedule with a healthy lifestyle,” said Burdettes co-author, Dr. Lisa M. Kagan, PhD, who teaches clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
“For kids, it might be easier to find something that they enjoy, rather than doing something that requires them to be physically active.”
The MBSRI book also outlines some other health benefits of exercising regularly, including improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels, decreasing inflammation, improving immune function and increasing energy levels.
“Being in a good physical condition, or not having to get up in the morning, can also help a lot of children learn about what is healthy and what is not,” said MBSRB co-founder and MBSRR co-director Dr. Michael Katz.
“The exercise can also promote physical and emotional well- being.”
For example, a recent study from the University at Buffalo found that exercise can decrease stress and improve the immune system.
In addition, the study found that children who exercised regularly and were physically active had higher scores on the Emotional Freedom Scale, a psychological measure of how happy and satisfied they are.
“The goal of the MBSRA is to build a foundation of knowledge that can guide parents to more effective exercise routines, which can help children develop a healthy and balanced lifestyle,” Katz said.
The MTSR book focuses on the types of fitness activities that will make a difference in overall physical and psychological health.
“When kids are in the gym, they will have more energy and will also be able to work on their body and mind,” said Karen E. Johnson, PhD. “It can also make them feel more comfortable.
That can also boost their self-esteem and help them feel valued and more confident.”
The Mindful, Body, and Body Empowerment for Parents article also includes exercises that help parents build more mental health, which helps children feel more like they belong.
The exercises focus on mindfulness, which is the practice of focusing on the present moment, and body image, which refers to the way people view their bodies.
The books also addresses body image and physical fitness.
“It is important to understand that the more you focus on the self, the more it is likely to change and the more likely it is to change negatively,” said Kagan.
“I’m not suggesting that you don’t try other activities, just focus on ones that you know will help you feel good about yourself and feel good in the future.”
The most popular exercise book on Amazon is the MTSP book, which focuses on physical activity and fitness.
Other popular books include: A Place for Your Soul, The Body Coach’s Guide to Fitness and Strength, and The Healthy Mind Fitness Plan.
The MBSRS book focuses primarily on physical and health fitness, with the exception of the mindfulness exercise book.
The Mindfulness and Body and Bodies Exercise for Adults is the book for adults.