Being online for school caused us to just sit at a desk all day, this reinforced the realization that being active is really important. We research how exercising affects your overall health and mindset. We saw that movement helps a lot in school and effects your performance in the classroom. We wanted to make community spaces active, so we started to look at ways to accomplish that goal. Then we created Friendly-Fit.
Exercising has benefits your mental health in a lot of ways. Activity decreases anxiety, depression, stress, and ADHD. When you feel stressed or anxious your muscles tense up and puts you in more stress due to discomfort. Exercising helps stop this cycle and causes you to become less stressed and more healthy.
Being active regularly has a lot of physical health benefits. Exercising helps decrease weight, lower the chance of getting a heart attack, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancers, and much more. You should exercise about 30 minutes a day to maintain health.
“The best way to motivate yourself to push through that extra rep is by having other people by your side to cheer you on. Plus, it’s hard not to get inspired by your classmates.” Working out in a group helps motivate you to do better than working solo.
"A small study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association looked at the effects of group exercise classes on stress and quality of life of medical students, and found that those who participated in group exercise enjoyed more health benefits than those who exercised alone or not at all."
National Library of Medicine
"One study found that 95 percent of those who started a weight-loss program with friends completed the program, compared to a 76 percent completion rate for those who tackled the program alone. The friend group was also 42 percent more likely to maintain their weight loss."
CDC Healthy Schools
The CDC Healthy Schools states “Classroom physical activity should be offered in addition to physical education and recess and at all school levels.” If you can do activity in the classroom it can help decrease stress before a test and help you focus and be more ready to learn before learning a new subject.
CDC Healthy Schools-https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/classroom-pa.htm
Exercising from a young age causes children to be more active and healthy adults. Activity causes kids to socialize more, be better in group projects, have a higher self-esteem, improves academic scores, and much more.
"Researchers found working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent and significantly improves the quality of life. Although those who exercise individually put in more effort, they experienced no significant changes in their stress or perceived physical fitness levels."
Spooky Nook Sports
"Studies have found that someone who started a weight loss program with at least three friends or family members completed the program, and 66 percent maintained their loss. Focusing on fitness goals with a group boosts motivation and gives you a built-in support team for achieving your goals."
Better by Today
"Research shows that the healthy actions of others rub off on us. A study published in the Journal of Social Sciences found that participants gravitate towards the exercise behaviors of those around them. And a 2016 study published in the journal Obesity found that overweight people tend to lose more weight if they spend time with their fit friends — the more time they spend together, the more weight they lose."
11 studies have proven that exercising decreases the chances of dementia by almost 30%! Aerobic exercise is the most effective exercise to decrease the chances of getting dementia when older. The Alzheimer's Society states “Several prospective studies have looked at middle-aged people and the effects of physical exercise on their thinking and memory in later life.” It has shown to be proven that exercise causes a big reduction in developing dementia.
Harvard Health Publishing
There are 4 very important types of exercises that all have different benefits. Stretching helps to keep you flexible when you start ageing and growing. When you age you become less flexible and that can increase your risk of getting injuries. Aerobic exercises speed up your heart rate and breathing. It also helps relax blood vessels walls, lower blood pressure, and puts you in a better mood. Balance exercises of course help you be stadier and decrease the risk of falling down stairs. With good balance you don’t have a high risk of breaking bones. Strength Exercises helps gain muscle fat that you lose when you age, this helps bone growth and lower blood sugar.
Harvard Health Publishing- https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/the-4-most-important-types-of-exercise
My Lungs My Life
If you don’t exercise you lose muscle fat and muscle strength and the. When you don’t exercise it can become harder to breath. You become out of shape and more unhealthy, this can affect your overall health and mental health. There is something called the inactivity cycle, it shows the cycle of being active and shows the benefits. But it also shows the cycle of being inactive which shows what happens when you are inactive.
My Lungs My Life- https://mylungsmylife.org/topics/group-1/physical-activity-and-exercise/am-i-doing-enough/
Business Insider + Huffpost
Exercising helps you become more creative, this will help a lot in school with thinking outside of the box. Activity can help your memory and imagination. Huffpost says “Creativity can also help lower stress and anxiety, enhance resilience and contribute to a sense of playfulness and curiosity.” Exercising makes you creative and happy which is amazing for your health and wellness.
Business Insider- https://www.businessinsider.com/exercise-benefits-brain-creativity-stress-2016-11#:~:text=In%20humans%2C%20exercise%20increases%20the,also%20depends%20on%20this%20region.