- Yoga builds concentration. Certain yoga breathing exercises and meditation practices can promote relaxation, focus and decrease stress. By getting your kids to sit and fixate on deep breathing they’re also working on increasing their lung capacity, healthy hormones are released and children become more in tune with their bodies.
- Yoga is a healthy, non-competitive alternative to team sports. Some kids aren’t as athletically inclined or are too introverted to want to get involved in team sports. Yoga is a really good way to keep kids active without forcing them to do more conventional types of exercise.
- Yoga helps children become stronger, more flexible, and improve balance. Poses like sun salutation, and all different types of planks help strengthen muscles. Poses like downward-facing dog and child’s pose help promote flexibility. Poses like tree pose and lord of the dance pose improve balance.
Thanksgiving isn’t really known to be the most health conscious of holidays, but we’re here to show you that doesn’t have be the case. One of the biggest dietary concerns on holidays like Thanksgiving is the enormous amounts of dessert we consume after our massive dinners. Here’s a healthier alternative for apple pie that uses much less crust, cutting down your fat and carb intake and increases your fiber intake by utilizing the peel of the apple!
Join us this Thanksgiving season and show us how #ThankfulForHealth you are! Starting Monday November 14 until Thanksgiving we’d love to hear how you’re #ThankfulForHealth. Tag us on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags #ThankfulForHealth and to join in the fun!
Here at One For Health, we are #ThankfulForHealth. Here’s what some of us are thankful for.
Bruce - I'm thankful for great health at my age to allow me to compete in running events and hike up all the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Tom - I am thankful that our OFH programs are making a positive difference in the lives of kids we have reached.
Katherine - I thankful that I have the ability to work out in the morning before class three times a week.
Shine - I feel thankful for the fact that even though I am abroad studying and apart from my parents, they are spending their days happily and keeping themselves healthy.
Varsha - I am thankful for the fact that I’ve built up my endurance for my swim sets at water polo practice.
Sara - I am thankful that I have a kitchen in my dorm building and I’m able to make healthy snacks for myself whenever I want.
We can’t wait to hear what you’re thankful for!