A trained physiotherapist with a strong passion for working with kids, Keng Ann shares tips about keeping fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. Read on for more inspiration!
As someone trained in bodyworks, how does stress impact the overall state of your body?
Stress is created within the body in response to external stressors for survival. This “flight or fight” response allows us to be on alert and thus focus on the situation that triggers it. In a short-lived circumstance, it yields positive result.
However, in our modern daily lifestyle, these situations tend to be over an extended period of time – for example, long working hours with intense work demands, constant competition for better results, meeting expectations of others and much more. These create wear and tear for the body in many ways mentally, emotionally and of course, physically. Tensions and pains such as tension headache may begin to manifest within the body, not to mention fatigue, depression and increased risk of coronary heart diseases, just to name a few.
For growing kids, what would you recommend for them to keep fit and healthy, both physically and mentally?
Unlike adults who need specific form of exercises such as going to the gym for a run on the treadmill or to lift some weights, kids’ way of keeping fit and healthy ties in very much with their growth and development. It is all about play and being physically active! Playtime during recess with friends, physical education sessions in schools and participating in various non-competitive sports will allow kids to develop an all-round fitness and healthy well-being. For example, playing non-competitive cross sports activities, such as racket games coupled with soccer, are highly recommended for kids before they develop a specific interest in any sports form.
What can busy parents do to stay healthy?
Doing frequent stretches between work! Take up some form of exercises, especially cardio-vascular-based ones such as jogging, swimming or even brisk walking at constant speed helps too. Keeping your body hydrated and eating a proper balanced diet also help in meeting the demands of the body to cope with daily body functions. Meditation also helps in unwinding your mind and body into a calmer state with better clarity to manage external stressors in daily life.
What are the benefits of meditation?
There are lots of benefits! Meditation enhances the mental, emotional and physical state of ones’ well-being:
- Emotionally, it reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and promotes optimism, relaxation and awareness. It allows for a good mood and emotional quotient to better manage interpersonal relationships.
- Mentally, it increases mental strength, memory retention and focus, leading to better cognitive skills, decision-making and creative thinking. It also helps in managing ADHD conditions.
- Physically, it improves our immune system and energy level, improves breathing and heart rate, and reduces the symptoms resulting from a list of conditions.
What inspires you to do meditation?
Besides all the known benefits of meditations, I love the clarity of the mind, positive relaxed physical status and how the body, mind and emotions feel more harmonized with one another after meditation. Being someone who constantly is thinking up new ideas and things to do, coupled with my long hours of physical work demands, meditation allows me to re-balance, reboot and re-charge myself effectively.
If you are interested to learn more about meditation, feel free to reach out to Keng Ann at The Golden Space!