No, you are not in the wrong section. An important resolution that most often gets omitted in the academic world is the motivation to exercise. A limp body, as in a flower, lacks firmness, flexibility, stability, and a desire to be cooperative.
Research has shown that an active brain has adequate oxygen flow and is fed appropriate nutrients. We all know “exercise haters” and people who feed their bodies trash, and yet have high IQ’s; may even ace the SAT or ACT. But why would you take the chance of limiting your brain potential by participating in those less-than-desirable habits?
If you already engage in an exercise routine, congratulations! If you have a friend who needs encouragement, offer support to get started. It can be difficult for some first-timers to take the initiative for exercise, which is why group programs can be an asset for many people.
If going solo is your style, that’s fine; just be disciplined. My routine for many years has been to exercise in the morning, at home, in my workout room. When the weather is cooperative, I might walk. The AM is my preference because I know it will get done before other distractions cause conflicts. My tennis is scheduled in the evening or weekend mornings. Many people say they will not stick to a routine, if they don’t have a support group; therefore, select the method that will produce positive results.
In high school, there are many opportunities to get active. Consider participating on a team, if you have confidence in your skill. I know some sports are very competitive and the team is small. However, there are some sports that are more inclusive, and you basically “cut yourself,” if you are not responsible with practices, etc. Take a physical education class to guarantee daily activity. The pressure is that you will be evaluated, which can be a good thing. Who wants a bad PE grade on a transcript?
As a school counselor, I had many students approach me about their weight and health issues. After several inquiries, I encouraged my concerned counselees to speak to one of our popular PE teachers, and she developed a physical fitness class for students who lacked confidence in their athleticism. They became very popular for all students. They also reaped the benefits from healthier eating habits.
Many programs, school and community, include various dance and aerobic options which students, male and female, can enjoy. In addition to improved fitness, students can enhance their confidence, social skills, and studies.
In the past, I’ve written articles at the beginning of a year pertaining to educational resolutions. My perspective for 2013 is to “look outside the box” with a strategy that might build confidence and improve grades. In order to achieve holistically, start with a healthy outlook. You deserve it!!