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October Health Tips: 7 reasons why Jiu-Jitsu really helps kids deal with bullying

October Health Tips: 7 reasons why Jiu-Jitsu really helps kids deal with bullying

7 reasons why Jiu-Jitsu really helps kids deal with bullying

 Original article courtesy of GracieMag

Bullying is a real problem in our society today. Left unaddressed, it can lead to serious consequences and sometimes, unfortunately, tragedies. It’s well known that Jiu-Jitsu can be a tool to help kids stand up to bullies, but how? Here are 7 reasons why the gentle art actually helps kids to deal with abusive colleagues.

 1) Self-confidence repels cowards

A bully is a coward. He or she identifies those who lack self-confidence and prey on it. Jiu-Jitsu gives kids the self-confidence to stand up for themselves at the moment of the first approach, usually a verbal one. Once you know that you can defend yourself, you will let the bully know right away and they will usually back off.

2) An antidote to fear and insecurity

There are two main ingredients to bullying: fear and insecurity. The fearful is usually the victim and the insecure is usually the aggressor that seeks confrontation to hide their own feeling of weakness. The gentle art will teach kids to defend themselves when necessary and help them deal with fear. At the same time, it will address insecurity and help that aggressive kid to be more confident, polite and respectful.

3) Respect for differences  

There’s no room for prejudice on the mat. As you have to actually prove yourself against all sorts of people, you quickly realize that we are all equal in our shortcomings and potentials. The difference lies on how much work we put in to neutralize one and boost the other. This notion will most likely accompany the child outside the academy as well.

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4) The bonds of friendship

Bullies go after kids who have trouble making connections, feel different and don’t relate well o the group. Jiu-Jitsu will work as a mediator and help the child make friends. Being a contact sport, the gentle art is a channel to make everyone fit into the group. If you don’t fear the group, being part of it becomes much easier.

5) Self-esteem balance

Having low self-esteem is the gateway to an isolated, fearful and unhappy life. On the other hand, too much of it can turn you into a cocky obnoxious person, child or adult. Jiu-Jitsu will quickly give that issue the balance it needs so much. As kids win and lose, as we all do on the mats, they learn that it’s your actions that prove your value, instead of what you or others think of yourself.

6) Help for the parents 

Nothing can replace a good upbringing by the kids parents. If a child receives the right values, he or she is on the right track to be a good person. Jiu-Jitsu will help with that, as it teaches the value of hard work, respect for others and the right way to deal with victory and defeat, pleasure and pain, reward and punishment.

7) Pressure release

Life is full of stressful moments for kids and adults alike. We all have to deal with little unpleasantness on a daily basis. Once again, Jiu-Jitsu will teach you how to deal with those less than peaceful moments of life. On the mat, the number one lesson you learn is how to deal with discomfort.

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June Health Tips : The Correct Time to Drink Water

June Health Tips : The Correct Time to Drink Water

June Health Tips : The Correct Time to Drink Water

The June health tips keep you hydrated and more!

Here are the June Health Tips you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. Every small positive change makes a difference!

You know drinking enough water to stay hydrated is vital for good health. But did you know that there is a correct time to drink water to maximize its effectiveness on the human body? Here are some tips to help maximize your health by drinking water:

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May Health Tips : Health Benefits of a Cold Shower

May Health Tips : Health Benefits of a Cold Shower

May Health Tips : Health Benefits of a Cold Shower

The May health tips are truly invigorating!

Here are the May Health Tips you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. Every small positive change makes a difference!

Living in Canada, where we get more than our fair share of cold, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would take a cold shower on purpose. But there are many health benefits to taking cold showers – not including the invigorating jump-start to your day!

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April Health Tips

April Health Tips

April Health Tips

Feeling Yucky? There’s a Tea for That

Here are the April Health Tips you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. Every small positive change makes a difference!

Tea has a myriad of health benefits so you really don’t need an excuse to drink it. But what if you aren’t feeling your best? Have a cold? Or maybe your stressed? Different teas can bring relief to what ails you:

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March Health Tips

March Health Tips

March Health Tips:

8 Stretches to Energize Your Morning

Here are a few tips you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. Every small positive change makes a difference!

With the arrival of March we can see a few signs of spring – including the March Health Tips! Longer days and maybe (cross your fingers) warmer temperatures. Still, you may need inspiration to help get you out of bed in the morning.

Stretching is a fantastic way to get the blood flowing and begin your day. Try these 9 stretches from SparkPeople:

 

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February Health Tips

February Health Tips:

9 Green Monster Ways to Detox

So it’s suddenly February and maybe you are sticking to your healthy resolutions – or maybe not. If you need a kick in the butt to get going, why not try our February Health Tips, 9 Green Monster Ways to Detox. You’ll feel better and jump start your healthy lifestyle:

 

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January Health Tips

January Health Tips:

Happy New Year! Rev Up Your Metabolism

Well ‘Hello’ 2016! Whew…did you stay on track with your healthy eating over the last month? What about getting out to get some regular exercise? Yeah…me neither. The parties, spirits, and food have all come to an end so now it’s time to get back on track.

Boost your metabolism and give yourself a kick start to a healthy 2016 by making these foods part of your healthy diet:

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December Health Tips

December Health Tips

December Health Tips:

No More Boring Water! Hydrate With Flavour

It’s the holiday time again and with the fun and festivities comes the heavy food and drinks that are delicious but not necessarily the most healthy. While treating yourself over the holidays, try to remember our December Health Tips and incorporate as many healthy habits as you can. Staying hydrated is an easy, healthy habit. And it doesn’t have to be boring. Click the button to see how to jazz up your water with 10 Healthy Tips:

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May Health Tips

May Health Tips

Here are your May Health Tips from Legends Training Centre…

Here are a few tips you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. Every small positive change makes a difference!

1Start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time.. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different color vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.

2Every change you make to improve your diet matters.. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet. The long term goal is to feel good, have more energy, and reduce the risk of cancer and disease. Don’t let your missteps derail you—every healthy food choice you make counts.

3Try not to think of certain foods as “off-limits.” . When you ban certain foods or food groups, it is natural to want those foods more, and then feel like a failure if you give in to temptation. If you are drawn towards sweet, salty, or unhealthy foods, start by reducing portion sizes and not eating them as often. Later you may find yourself craving them less or thinking of them as only occasional indulgences.

4Avoid Fad Diets The secret to weight loss is not to avoid carbs, fats, yellow foods, solid foods, or foods that start with the letter G. The real trick is to lower your daily intake by about 100 calories. You’ll hardly notice, but it’ll add up to a loss of about 10 pounds in a year. Calorie restriction has been shown to lengthen life (in rats and monkeys).

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April Health Tips

April Health Tips

Here are your April Health Tips from Legends Training Centre…

It’s time to get your healthy lifestyle back on track. Here are tips to help you on your fitness journey.

1Don’t skip breakfast. Studies show that eating a proper breakfast is one of the most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight. Breakfast skippers tend to gain weight. A balanced breakfast includes fresh fruit or fruit juice, a high-fibre breakfast cereal, low-fat milk or yogurt, whole wheat toast, and a boiled egg.

2Eat your stress away. Prevent low blood sugar as it stresses you out. Eat regular and small healthy meals and keep fruit and veggies handy. Herbal teas will also soothe your frazzled nerves. Eating unrefined carbohydrates, nuts and bananas boosts the formation of serotonin, another feel-good drug. Small amounts of protein containing the amino acid tryptamine can give you a boost when stress tires you out.

3The secret of stretching. When you stretch, ease your body into position until you feel the stretch and hold it for about 25 seconds. Breathe deeply to help your body move oxygen-rich blood to those sore muscles. Don’t bounce or force yourself into an uncomfortable position.

4How much physical activity do children need? Children aged 5-11 should accumulate at least One hour of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily. But more is even better!

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