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How Exercise Benefits Children and Older People

Exercise is one of the most important things for every individual’s health, whether a child an old man, or a woman (Noble, 1986). As an elementary exercise teacher, I will focus on the exercises that will be helpful in the proper development and growth of the children to prepare them for the competition of this challenging world. The elementary level is a very important portion of the age in which major and everlasting growth and development occur both at the physiological and psychological levels (Donnelly et al., 2016). Whatever is inculcated in this part of age will always remain with the person. At this age, exercise plays a very positive role in providing strength to the muscles which support the movement of the skeleton in our body. For example, as an exercise teacher, I will ask the students to flap their hands up and down like a bird. This will provide strength to the muscles of the shoulders and bicep, as well as the triceps of the arms, which later help them hold or lift weights and perform different tasks. Similarly, I will ask the students to lift some weight and run on the ground; this will increase their stamina and help develop bone density as weight lifting increases bone cell formation and deposits calcium in the bones to make them strong and healthy.  As an elementary school exercise teacher, I believe that muscle stretching is a good exercise for elementary-level students, as it will strengthen their muscles and make them more flexible. It will also allow the kids to bend their bodies differently for gymnastics.  The exercise will improve the supply of oxygen to the body and brain, which is helpful in preventing cell necrosis overall. Elementary school children are high in energy; they can also swim in their exercise schedules and have a day to play competitive and reward-based games like sack races, tug of war, etc.

In the case of older people, first of all, it is necessary to understand their stance on why they resist exercise. Everybody has different medical conditions and issues related to health and focusing on problems individually is difficult (Ngandu et al., 2015). So I will suggest some exercises that are common for people of old age. For example, walking every day will help the body’s muscles remain in motion, which helps the body have the proper supply of oxygen, muscle strength, and joint mobility. Other exercises are bending the body to the right while straightening the arms. This will be beneficial for the muscles at the sides of the abdomen. It will increase muscle movement.  In older ages, resistance towards exercise is also caused by pain and weight. It is difficult to make up old people’s minds about exercise, but I will counsel them by telling them the benefits of exercise. I will tell them how exercise boosts metabolism and the effect of boasted metabolism on the body. I will also focus on the meditation class for the old people as it provides them with peace of mind and helps them develop their interest in life. I will give their mind the strength to manage their old age issues more positively than ever.  I will offer some incentives according to their interest to boost their interest in doing exercise. For example, I will arrange a dance party for old age people, where everybody has to dance. This will be fun, and it will be an exercise class that will be helpful for them. Swimming is also a good option as it strengthens the body’s muscles and helps lose weight. Playing in water also removes stress and strain from the joints of the body, which is beneficial for walking and moving old people.

Work Cited

Donnelly, J. E., Hillman, C. H., Castelli, D., Etnier, J. L., Lee, S., Tomporowski, P., … Szabo-Reed, A. N. (2016). Physical activity, fitness, cognitive function, and academic achievement in children: a systematic review. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(6), 1197.

Ngandu, T., Lehtisalo, J., Solomon, A., Levälahti, E., Ahtiluoto, S., Antikainen, R., … Laatikainen, T. (2015). A 2-year multidomain intervention of diet, exercise, cognitive training, and vascular risk monitoring versus control to prevent cognitive decline in at-risk elderly people (FINGER): a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet, 385(9984), 2255–2263.

Noble, B. J. (1986). Physiology of exercise and sport. Times Mirror Magazine.



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