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Transforming Ordinary into Extraordinary

Red Pill vs Blue Pill – Which one would you choose? To help you decide, what if I give you a bit more information. The red pill improves your cognitive function, elevates your mood, improves your ability to learn and reduced your ‘stress chemicals’ like cortisol? I am hearing a lot of you saying – WHERE CAN I GET MYSELF A RED PILL?

Well look no further, I have a secret recipe below that you can whip up to ensure you are at an optimal level every day and it means just changing one thing….Adding in exercise.”

According to the Heart Foundation 65.3% of Australians aged 15 and over were sedentary or had low levels of exercise. Worryingly, this equates to 12 million Australians. But what is it like for our young people? Recent research suggests that from the age of 7 our kids start declining in the amount of physical activity they engage with each day. And with only 24% of 9-11 year olds and 7% of 15-17 year olds reaching the 12000 steps a day you can see just how ‘sitting’ becomes the norm.

As parents, we all want our kids to feel happy and have less stress in life. It came as a shock to me that I only scored 67% on the SchoolTV quiz about how active our kids need to be. I hope all of you smash my score! Click here to take the quiz.

But what I learnt was how important exercise is for developing connections in different parts of the brain. These influence our confidence, self-esteem and ability to develop social skills. And the other plus, less anxiety and stress and better sleep! So ditch the afternoon gaming session and go for a 30 minute walk to the park. Apparently, that 30 minutes is more than most Australian’s do a day! Scary stuff. Or better yet – make sure your son has signed up to one of the huge offerings of co-curricular available at the Ambrose Treacy College during Homeroom this week. Bring on Term 3 sport!

Sam Brown
Acting Assistant Dean of Formation