On the weekend my eldest (10 years old) son and I had a discussion about balance or more to the point about imbalance. It seemed that every time I turned around he was sitting playing on one of the many connected devices around the house.
The end result of this apparent frenzy of digital activity, was a technology free afternoon and evening.
The events of day reinforce for me the need for balance. It is critical that our young people are technologically fluent, able to use the huge variety of tools to access the different mediums with ease, but this is not at the expense of physical activity and play. Its critical that they play, whether that is playing electronically, physically, competitively, socially or individually.
The news recently highlighted the challenge that we face with exercise and health. Obesity rates are frightening with New Zealand ranking third on the global obesity ranks
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Reading John Ratey’s Book Spark- The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain reinforces even more the value and importance of exercise in learning and the benefits that a healthy body brings. If you read Dr John Medina’s brain rules these same principle are again stressed.
I know that I work, play and sleep better when I exercise, its all about balance. Taking an hour out to exercise has benefits that far out way the time invested.
Its all about balance