Have you ever thought about how some people achieve greatness? Growing up, I loved the Chicago Bulls, especially Michael Jordan. Even though I am not a huge basketball fan, Michael Jordan’s incredible leaping ability and defensive play made it exciting. Michael Jordan is listed on the NBA website as the greatest basketball player of all time, but did you know that Michael Jordan did not make his high school varsity basketball team the first time he tried out? Rather than giving up or devoting his efforts to another sport, he was motivated to prove his worth.
When I was on the cross-country team in college, there was one workout the whole team dreaded – “hill work”. Our coach would find the largest hill in the city (We were convinced it was the largest hill in the world!) and have us trudge up and race down repeatedly. I remember the climb was arduous. I was tempted many times to stop and walk, but my stubborn pride kept my legs moving. My team members who did stop (usually after the fifth or sixth repetition) had a look of defeat on their face. They were disappointed in themselves and, of course, the coach was disappointed too, as evidenced by much yelling.
There’s no such thing as a wasted workout. Any amount or type of exercise is a step forward. The question becomes, is your level of exercise matching up with your goals? If your goal is simply health improvement and to help prevent chronic diseases, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends adults 18-64 exercise…
Ahora que la escuela ha vuelto a la sesión, los equipos deportivos están comenzando en todo el estado. Participar en deportes puede aumentar la coordinación física, el estado físico y la autoestima. Los deportes de equipo como el fútbol y el béisbol enseñan a los niños y adolescentes sobre el trabajo en equipo y la autodisciplina. Entonces, ¿Cuándo estará listo su hijo para participar? La edad y el tamaño no deberían ser las únicas medidas; si expresa un gran interés y cree que puede manejarlo, programe a su hijo para un examen físico deportivo para determinar si está lo suficientemente saludable como para participar en el juego. Estos exámenes físicos pueden revelar las fortalezas y debilidades físicas de su hijo y ayudarlo a evitar lesiones innecesarias que podrían ocurrir si participa en un deporte para el que no es apto.