Stephen Flood is a Hibernia College PMEP student, he holds a B.Sc. in Education and Training and is an Active Kids Coach. He writes about how important physical activity is to him as a method of relaxation and advises everyone to incorporate physical activity into their day but to Keep it Simple!
Find the time to Be Active
My name is Stephen, The Active Kids Coach. I am currently doing a Masters in Primary School Teaching in Hibernia College. I have a lot of elements going on in my life such as my education and running my own business but no matter how hectic things get I always find the time to exercise.
It’s so easy to make excuses, and one if there’s one thing that we are all great at its making excuses. Does this sound familiar? “I won’t go for a run today, I had a really long day and I’m wrecked …..actually I walked loads today so I’ve already done my exercise…..yeah I’ll just relax tonight and start again tomorrow.” As my brother always says “If you’re sick of starting over again stop giving up.” This is advice that I have learned a lot from.
But for me exercise is not an effort. It’s a method of relaxation. The world around us is so busy with people going to and from work, traffic on the roads, busy shops, people always in a rush, on their phones, on their IPad, on their laptops, and using electronic device to catch Pokémon, whatever it may be. Exercise really helps me to step away from all that and just relax.
Being Active is so important as it has so many health benefits. Being Active improves your mental health, improves your mood, reduces risk of many serious illnesses, controls your weight and builds your confidence, because who doesn’t like it when people start complimenting you on your results. Exercising really helps me de-stress when things seem to get overwhelming.
Try this method when you feel like things are difficult to manage.
Step away from what you’re doing, put all electronic devices out of reach, take 5 deep breaths, and go for a 5 minute walk.
Exercise doesn’t have to be 5 hours in the gym lifting 2 and a half houses and benching 95kg 236 times, it’s just an uncomplicated way to clear your head. Keep it simple and enjoyable. Once exercise becomes a chore the beauty of exercise will lose its benefits. As my dad says, “Remember the KISS.” Keep It Simple Stupid. I apply this method to all the students I am lucky enough teach sports to.
I have been a PE teacher for 10 years now and have taught in an abundance of primary schools. I have always kept the lessons simple, active and enjoyable. I have recently started a programme working with crèches and the results from these 2-3 year olds is phenomenal. My aim as the Active Kids Coach is to make exercise a habit and something that is incorporated in all my student’s lives. I urge you to give it a go. Like I’ve said it doesn’t have to been Arnold Schwarzenegger stuff, just do what you can and enjoy the lovely feeling afterwards. You’ll feel like a new person. I promise! Enjoy!
For more information on Stephen's work, please see http://www.activekidscoach.com/