Kids Universal Lessons

Kids Universal Lessons

Kids Friendly Version of the 13 Universal Laws

Do you ever wish you would have learned about the 12 universal laws earlier in life? I do! You have an incredible opportunity to teach your six year old now. If you’re a parent, grandparent, or some other person close to a child; these Kid Friendly 13 Universal Laws are for you! In order to aid parents a basic definition of the universal law; then an adult and child definition.

1. The Law of Oneness:
We live in a world where everything is connected to everything else. Everything we do, say, think and believe affects others and the universe around us. A Child knows that he belongs to a greater reality and feels interconnected. Watch a newborn that will go to anyone without bias or a toddler at play from an early age.
There is no separateness of energy, only oneness of energy. Ask your child how they feel when they are separated from their friends versus being connected to their friends. Teach a child that oneness equals connectedness. As an example you can have them and their mix of friends hold hands at the wrists and show how we are one yet connected. We are all equally human.

Teach your child: Oneness = connecting with their friends

 2. The Law of Vibration:
We believe everything in the Universe moves, vibrates, and travels in circular patterns; nothing is idle. Everything is in a constant state of motion or change. Each sound, thing, and even thought has its own vibrational frequency, unique unto itself.
Again – witness a child…but beyond their constant movement if you looked under a microscope you would see the vibrations of whatever you were viewing. A child can understand that movement and change are vibration.

Teach your child: Vibration = movement like a bicyclist in motion

3. The Law of Attraction:
People’s thoughts (both conscious and unconscious) dictate how they create the things, events, and people that come into our lives. Therefore your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions produce energies which, in turn, attract like energies. Negative energies attract negative energies and positive energies attract positive energies.
Essentially if you really want something and truly believe it’s possible, you’ll obtain it. However, there must be feeling behind your thoughts in order for the law to truly work. This is a well published law but one with great potential for children if they learn to understand its strength. Genuine feeling behind you or your child’s dreams will help them come true.

Teach your child: Attraction = Thinking or dreaming with feeling

4. The Law of Action:
You actually need to go out in the world and apply your desires in order for them to manifest things on earth. Therefore, you must take action that supports your thoughts, dreams, emotions and words. The universe likes quick action once a thought manifests. He who hesitates has lost, I believe the saying goes.
Taking action is generally a stumbling block for children as they can be shy and unsure of themselves. Explaining how this law works using a soccer player example. When your child does not immediately run after the ball, an opposing player can and will get to it first!

Teach your child: Quick Action (responding quickly to a thought to act) =  Success

5. The Law of Correspondence:
The principles or laws of physics that explain the physical or outer world – energy, Light, vibration, and motion – is a reflection of our inner world – “As within, so without.”
The law of correspondence is a reflection of who we currently are; our outer reality is one of peace and happiness, then our inner world is too. If the outer world is in chaos and mired in money trouble, or sickness and strife, then we are having a difficult life. The cartoon mirror example above will no doubt get the point across to your child.

Teach your child: Law of Correspondence = is like a mirror

Or   a negative thought about oneself = sadness  Or  a positive thought about oneself = Happiness         

6. The Law of Cause and Effect:
Nothing happens by chance or outside the Universal Laws. Everything in the universe is energy and therefore connected. Every action has a reaction or consequence and we “reap what we have sown” or “what you give is what you get.” Your thoughts attract like thoughts. A thought is a thing. If your child tells a lie, they will feel guilty, ashamed or unhappy. If they are giving and share a toy; a friend brings them a toy or treat the next day.

Teach your child: Cause and effect = Is like a magnet

7. The Law of Compensation:
The Law of Cause and Effect applied to blessings and abundance that are provided for us. Therefore there is no worldly gain without some loss, and no worldly loss without some gain. The visible effects of our deeds are given to us in gifts, money, inheritances, friendships, and blessings.
For every loss there is a gain and for everything we gain there must be a loss. If a child gives a gift you will receive one in return perhaps in the form of a good feeling or a physical present or toy. If a cat steals dinner the family loses part of its dinner. It may come or go at another time and not immediately upon performing the act.

Child: Compensation = Giving = receiving Or  Taking or stealing = losing

9. The Law of Energy:
Energy is always moving and all persons have within them the power to change the conditions in their lives. Energy moves into physical form when enough feeling though is given to it. Each of us can change the energies in our lives by understanding the Universal Laws and applying the principles in such a way as to effect change.
Every thought is energy vibrating molecules or atoms. Remind your child of a time that they knew what their best friend or even you were thinking before they finished a sentence they could finish first.
Sound is energy when you talk or make sounds you send out the vibration of energy.  Have your child hold their hands crossed over their chest as they yell and they can feel the energy emitted.
Our light or emanations give off energy. You can focus your light energy inward to heal your body. How many times has your child noticed that the sun gives them more energy than a rainy/gloomy day?
Our bodies have form and are full of vibrating energy. Our body energy vibrates at slower, it’s dense and heavy. An example is that child full of energy and yet had a bodily form.

Teach your child: Thought, sounds, light and form = energy

 10. The Law of Relativity:
Each person will receive a series of problems (Tests of Initiation) for the purpose of strengthening the Light within. We must consider each of these tests to be a challenge and remain connected to our hearts when proceeding to solve the problems. This law also teaches us to compare our problems to others’ problems and put everything into its proper perspective. No matter how bad we perceive our situation to be, there is always someone who is in a worse position. It is all relative.
Nothing is good or bad, it’s just the way it should until we compare it to something. Nothing in life has any meaning, except for the meaning that we give it. Your child can say they don’t like apples one day and like them the next because a friend told them that day they liked apples!

Teach your child: Relativity = Comparison of good or bad                   

 11. The Law of Rhythm:
Everything vibrates and moves to certain rhythms. These rhythms establish seasons, cycles, stages of development, and patterns. Each cycle reflects regularity. There is no movement which has no sound, and there is no sound which has no rhythm.
Energy in the universe is like a pendulum moving to patterns. Everything in this universe is in constant motion. Children notice the sun rising and setting or the seasons changing.

 Teach your child: Rhythm = cycles of movement

12. The Law of Gender:
Everything has its masculine (yang) and feminine (yin) principles, and that these are the basis for all creation. The spiritual Initiate must balance the masculine and feminine energies within herself or himself to become a Master. This law decrees everything in nature is both male and female.

Teach your child: Gender =  both boy and girls

13. The Law of Polarity:
Everything is on a continuum and has an opposite. It is the law of mental vibrations. For every action, there’s an immediate and opposite reaction. If something you considered bad happens in your life, there has to also be a silver lining. And unfortunately the opposite also holds true. For every up, there is a down. If your child swings up, she must come down.

Teach your child: Polarity = If you go up you must come down.

Deena McMahon is a mother, grandmother, author and entrepreneur for Kids Universal Lessons.com, a continuing education and business development company showing people to understand success principles.

BY: Deena McMahon
Kids Universal Lessons.com
2009

 

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Why Meditation Is So Needed Now

Why Meditation Is So Needed Now

We Need Meditation

Meditation is essential to feel well and live a Happy Life. ... Meditation can help us to eliminate negative thoughts, worries, anxiety, all factors that can prevent us feeling happy. It has been proved that the practice of meditation, carried out on a regular basis, will mitigate the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

We live in troubling times. Everything seems to be changing more rapidly. People are getting angrier and making worse decisions. We’re all super-stressed. No matter where you live in the world, there’s some sort of problem going on.
But we’re never taught good ways to handle the stress of living. We usually run away from it or indulge in some sort of escape. Or we butt our heads against it trying to change things. All of this is a cause for great suffering.
Meditation, in a nutshell, is a method for eliminating suffering in your life by seeing reality as it actually is. Every time you sit and follow the instructions, you’re training the mind to handle the world better. Meditation isn’t something you do just for when you sit on a cushion or walk down a path, but something you can take with you throughout the day. Just like when you exercise in the gym you get daily fitness, so too with meditation.
Couldn’t we all use a bit of training to deal with the suffering inherent in life? Wouldn’t it feel awesome to teach others how they could do the same?

A global pandemic is in full effect. Risks of infection are on the rise, stock markets are tumbling, the economy is on the verge of a global recession, and every business is facing uncertainty. Chances are high that you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and afraid.

That’s normal. The survival part of our brain (mainly the amygdala) kicks in when we perceive a threat and causes our focus to narrow. This is helpful when we face an immediate threat, but it also means our thinking can follow unproductive patterns: We are more likely to engage in worst-case scenario thinking or, alternatively, deny the threat; we have less access to the creative and analytical parts of our brain; and we are impaired in our ability to empathize, listen, and relate to others.

Unfortunately, those are the exact skills we need as leaders in times of crisis. We need the full capacity of our brain to weigh best possible options, question our assumptions, come up with new and creative ways of doing things, and remain calm in order to reassure employees, customers, and business partners while listening and taking their concerns seriously.

Meditation can be of tremendous help during times like this. Practicing meditation has been shown to reduce anxietycalm the amygdalaincrease our ability to think creatively and empathetically take other people’s perspective. Steve Jobs, an early adaptor of meditation described his experience like this: “You start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”

In my work with executives I’ve observed three practices that help in times of crisis.

Meditate first thing in the morning

In times of uncertainty, there is a strong temptation to start the day by checking your email and news. But when we do that, we are drawn into reactive mode, often fighting one fire after another. On the contrary, starting the day with a few minutes of meditation can help you center and calm fear-based thoughts. There are many different ways to do this: You can use an app such as Insight Timer and sit in bed while listening to a guided meditation. I have found it most useful to get up and, after a cup of coffee, sit down on a cushion or in a chair and practice a simple mindfulness meditation.

Over time you will notice that you start the day with an openness and awareness for possibilities that you would otherwise not have seen. Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki, one of the pioneers of meditation in the U.S., has called this “beginner’s mind.” It’s when our thoughts quiet down, our minds open up to see the present reality with less judgement and preconceived notions. Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, an avid meditator, describes this effect like this: “Beginner’s mind is informing me to step back, so that I can create what wants to be, not what was. I know that the future does not equal the past. I know that I have to be here in the moment.”

Start each meeting with a few minutes of meditation

We are biased toward action in times like these and sometimes that can be a good instinct. But taking a moment at the beginning of a meeting (virtual or in person) to get present, notice your own emotions, and start the meeting with an increased ability to listen and be open to ideas can can help teams to be more thoughtful about problem solving.

For some teams, this may be a new experience, and some people might find this too “touchy-feely.” So to start, tell your team that you need them fully present and focused in the meeting. Then suggest an experiment: Ask them to simply focus on their breath for one minute. When they get distracted, suggest they simply return their attention to the breath. Most first-timers are surprised at just how distracted they are and how hard it was to stay present for one minute. Most of them will also feel that they are more calm and present after doing this. And that one minute can change the nature of a meeting. As one executive described the effect this way, “Whereas often times we just talk at each other in these meetings, team members seemed to be more present, they listened, heard each other out, and showed a willingness to learn.”

Step back when you get caught in unproductive thought patterns

When you feel anxious throughout the day, take a moment to breathe and observe your thoughts. Chances are you have left the present moment and gone down a rabbit hole of thinking through future scenarios. While scenario planning is critical, it’s important to do it with presence and a calm state of mind, examining actual facts and not getting carried away by the fiction of your mind. Practically, this is what this looks like: Sit in your chair, close your eyes and focus your attention on the movement of your belly, breathing in and out. After a while you will notice your thoughts calm down, you’ll feel more present and alive. And you’ll start to notice an opening of possibilities and opportunities.

One of the most important advantages of meditation is that it allows us to step out of our own survival centric thinking and connect with others empathetically. This is important, because research shows that when we get scared, we display greater egocentrism and it is harder for us to take other peoples’ perspective. But people inside and outside your organization are in distress right now. This is an opportunity to show compassion and care in difficult times, an opportunity to show your team and organization who you are as a leader.

Thanks To: Business Harvard Review by Matthias Birk Blog 22nd March 2020

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Why We Feel Anxious

Why We Feel Anxious

Why We Feel

What we know about anxiety, though, means that even if we had a magic wand that could eliminate totally your ability to feel anxiety, we would not want to use it. An inability to feel anxiety would be akin to an inability to feel pain. Pain isn’t pleasant, but it provides us with information that is often essential for our physical survival and psychological integrity. As with pain, we are well-advised to listen to anxiety first, rather than seek to immediately deny, avoid, or eliminate it.

You often hear it stated that ours is the age of anxiety. Indeed, the data appear to back this up. Anxiety problems are the most commonly diagnosed class of psychological disorders.

But what is anxiety? Unlike fear, which involves the perception of imminent unambiguous danger and the mobilisation of immediate action, anxiety is a persistent apprehension regarding potential future threats. While fear is associated with an immediate “fight or flight” response that produces terror, anxiety provokes a “stop, look and listen” response and produces anticipatory worry. In other words, anxiety is what you feel on the night before the big battle. Fear is what you feel during battle.

 

Why do we get anxious? Evidence from evolutionary psychology suggests that the capacity to experience anxiety is a selected species-wide adaptation serving to alert and protect us from various environmental threats. Particularly, anxiety functions to alert us to threats to our reproductive chances. Thus, the anxiety alarms ring loudly not only in the face of threats to life and limb, but also when encountering threats to our property, status, reputation, or skill. In other words, anxiety is effective in alerting us to the myriad risks of loss.

 

Take, for example, social anxiety, the fear of being judged negatively or rejected by others. Human beings are social animals. We survive and thrive only inside well-organised groups. A loss of social standing, support, or resources reduces our odds of survival. Therefore, social anxiety may serve to inhibit those behaviours that jeopardise our social standing.

 

All evolved adaptations, however, create their own risks, and all are susceptible to malfunction. Likewise, the protective function of anxiety may be neutralised, hacked, or subverted in various ways. Trauma, for example, can cause the evolved “alarm system” to remain constantly “on,” resulting in hyper-vigilance, a form of malfunction that’s at the core of PTSD. Moreover, our current environment is different than the one in which our anxiety mechanisms have evolved. The mismatch can create problems, as when our fear of heights, evolved at a time when encountering heights meant mortal danger (a cliff; a tall tree, etc.), over-activates needlessly in a contemporary environment dominated by safe heights (office buildings, glass elevators, aeroplanes, etc.).

 

Contemporary evolutionary psychology is not alone in arguing that anxiety serves a purpose. Several other schools of thought in psychology have advanced their own ideas about the uses of anxiety.

For example, Freud recognised the protective function of anxiety in the form of what he called Reality Anxiety—the basic ego function of, well, dealing with reality and the dangers and threats it poses. Dreading the approaching train if you’re standing on the railroad is such anxiety. A second type, Moral Anxiety, refers to the fear of violating the moral standards that constitute the superego, and often manifests in feelings of guilt or shame that may motivate us to adhere to community norms.

 

For Freud, though, the main action involves the third type, Neurotic Anxiety: an internal experience that occurs when the destructive impulses of the id threaten to overwhelm the self-protective mechanisms of the ego.

Generally, when Freud talks about “neurosis,” he refers to a pattern of reacting to situations in disproportionate and thus mal-adaptive ways. We react “neurotically” when our internal representation of a situation ill matches its objective characteristics—when we see the shadows of mountains as mountains, so to speak. Such distorted internal representation is usually due to some unconscious conflict or early trauma. For example, if a dog attacked me in childhood, then my representation of “dog” is as a menacing monster. When I see a dog now and recoil in fear, I am in effect reacting not to the dog in front of me, but to my internal representation of dogs as monsters. My reaction, therefore, is “neurotic.”

 

Freud argued famously that the ego, once rattled, activates a series of unconscious Defence Mechanisms that work to reduce anxiety by (ironically) distorting reality. Thus, for example, if the little dog in the previous paragraph terrifies me, I may activate denial, telling everyone I am not in fact terrified. Or rationalisation—explaining that even small dogs these days may be vicious and better safe than sorry. Or I may use projection—attributing uncomfortable feelings to others—by telling my friend not to be scared; or use reaction formation—act super friendly toward the dog to mask my fear. And so on.

 

Rollo May, the American existential psychologist who rose to prominence in the mid 20th century, had his own ideas. May saw anxiety as emerging from our awareness that we are alive and are going to die. This awareness, in May’s program, is one of the things that separate humans from other animals, who live and die without knowing about it.

In May’s system, anxiety has great value as a source of creativity: “You don’t paint a great picture lying on the couch having an afternoon nap. You paint a great picture by struggle… without anxiety, we would not be able to have the civilisation we now have.” 

Echoing Freud, May also delineated different types of anxiety. Normal Anxiety is proportionate to the objective threat; it can be confronted constructively and consciously and relieved by altering the objective situation. Neurotic Anxiety, on the other hand, denotes a failure to handle normal anxiety. It is, “the result of unfortunate learning in the respect that the individual was forced to deal with threatening situations at a period—usually in early childhood—when he was incapable of coping directly or constructively with such experiences.” Neurotic Anxiety is disproportionate to the objective danger and is managed in part by avoidance, and through the inhibition of activity and awareness. Such avoidance and inhibition function to restrict individual freedom. A restriction of freedom prevents the person from living fully and authentically, and is thus a source of psychological malaise.

 

Learning theorists (behaviourists) have argued that our useful capacity for associative learning (classical conditioning) underlies the acquisition of anxiety. So, for example, if a bear attacked me in the forest, I may become afraid of forests. This is because I associate the (benign) forest with the fear provoked by the (dangerous) bear. Once I have been thus conditioned to fear the sight (or image) of a forest, I naturally will look for ways to eliminate the noxious fear sensation. Avoiding forests accomplishes that goal beautifully in the short term, and may in many cases actually protect me by reducing my chances of encountering a bear again.

 

By now, you may note, the presence of the bear is no longer relevant to my fear response. The mere thought of a possible future encounter with a forest is enough to activate my fear. A fear response that is future-oriented and active in the absence of direct immediate threat is what we call anxiety. Clearly, then, the ability to learn anxiety by association is a nifty, often useful trick. But it has a downside. My avoidance, in the long run, maintains and “feeds” my anxiety because it prevents me from learning new and benign forest-related associations. Thus my learned anxiety, ironically, inhibits my ability to learn.

 

Cognitive theorists have identified worry as the cognitive component of anxiety. Research suggests that worrying thoughts tend to focus on areas of potential threat and loss, such as relationships, social, work, financial, and world problems. Thus, worry functions as a cognitive alarm system. “In the same way that fear has been described as a biological alarm system preparing the organism for escape… so worry can be seen [as] a special state of the cognitive system, adapted to anticipate possible future danger.” Our experience of worry (cognitive anxiety) is enabled by the unique capacity of our minds to envision clearly a range of future events. Worry thus operates like a computer prediction model, positing aversive events or outcomes in order to search for solutions in advance, allowing us to prepare and avoid being taken by surprise.

Again here, the adaptive worry system can be hacked or subverted by various external and internal circumstances. For example, a highly worry-prone person may repeatedly envision catastrophic events that inevitably fail to materialise (because catastrophes are rare). Over time, the person may mistakenly come to believe that the worrying, in fact, prevents the catastrophes from happening—a common cognitive error whereby correlation is taken to imply causation. As a consequence, the person may then become increasingly more “committed” to constant worry. Chronic, heightened levels of worry over time may corrode mental and physical health.  

 

To psychologists, then, anxiety is at the core of an adaptive, protective system. At the same time, the capacity for anxiety carries a price, a downside, as do all capacities and adaptations. Under certain conditions, the anxiety system may malfunction and produce highly debilitating and disruptive anxiety disorders. What we know about anxiety, though, means that even if we had a magic wand that could eliminate totally your ability to feel anxiety, we would not want to use it. An inability to feel anxiety would be akin to an inability to feel pain. Pain isn’t pleasant, but it provides us with information that is often essential for our physical survival and psychological integrity. As with pain, we are well-advised to listen to anxiety first, rather than seek to immediately deny, avoid, or eliminate it.

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Corona Virus Update

Corona Virus Update

Should you stop going to the gym?

Let’s be real: Gyms don’t necessarily conjure up thoughts of extreme cleanliness—despite staffs’ best efforts. And now, with the growing coronavirus outbreak, it’s easy to start feeling extra anxious around shared gym equipment and communal locker rooms.

It’s with good reason, of course: According to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, there have been more than 105,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) worldwide, with more than 500 of those cases in the United States. And, while some local governments are taking measures to help prevent further spread of the virus—like recommending people work from home or asking those in large cities to limit mass transit—there are still lots of unanswered questions about what is (and isn’t) safe during an outbreak.

Case in point: Working out at your favourite gym or fitness studio. While getting your blood pumping certainly has its benefits to stave off illness and relieve stress (uh, both extremely relevant right now), there’s still some concern about whether you can safely take a class or if you should try out some at-home workouts. Here’s what you need to know about breaking a sweat while still protecting yourself from coronavirus.

What’s your risk of picking up coronavirus at the gym?

To understand your risk of contracting coronavirus, you need to first understand how the virus spreads: According to the CDC, coronavirus (aka, SARS-CoV-2—COVID-19 is the name of the illness associated with it) is mainly spread directly from person-to-person, usually via close contact (within six feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus is also spread indirectly, passing from person to person through contact with surfaces that have been touched by those infected.

Gyms in particular offer both direct and indirect transmission, Philip Tierno, Ph.D., clinical professor in the department of pathology at New York University, tells Health. “You can see the dangers imposed by a place like that on an ordinary basis—you’re dealing with hundreds of people over a day,”he says, adding that the risk of getting sick can increase with an outbreak like coronavirus.

 

Of course, your odds of contracting coronavirus also depend largely on where you live in relation to confirmed cases, says Tierno. In general, just like other public spots, the gym could easily house coronavirus germs—and that risk obviously rises as more cases of coronavirus are identified in a specific area. “Any place where large numbers of people congregate at any one time over a period of time, allows them to shed their microorganisms or germs on various places,” he says. That means anyone infected (including those who don’t even know it), could leave their germs on dumbbells, bands, cardio equipment, and even door handles at the gym. And according to Tierno, these germs can survive for days, if equipment isn’t properly cleaned.

 

What can you do to decrease your risk of contracting coronavirus?

The best way to avoid coronavirus germs might sound simple, but it’s effective: Wash your hands—and keep washing them. “That’s the key to this whole process,” Tierno says. Before you go to the gym, halfway through, when you leave—make sure you scrub with soap and water, especially if you’re going to touch food after-ward or you know you touch your face often. You also want to skip high-fiving your neighbour after a tough set and maybe throw them a thumbs-up instead.

While individuals’ biggest shield from the disease is hand washing, gyms and studios across the country have also taken extra steps to keep their spaces extra clean. Countless gyms and studios, including YMCA, Peninsula Recreation Centre, Goodlife Health Clubs and Anytime Studios (to name a few), have sent around emails telling clients of the extra precautions they’re taking to keep their studios clean—mainly, spending more time wiping down equipment and encouraging others to do the same. They also remind clients and trainers to frequently wash hands and stay home when sick.

But the responsibility of sanitizing machines isn’t only on gym staff—Tierno adds that you should make sure to wipe down your own equipment before and after every use. And while your gym may have disposable wipes available, it’s not a bad idea to carry around a set of your own—especially since you’ll be sure that they meet the CDC and EPA’s guidelines for approved products to kill coronaviruses.

 

Should you keep working out, or avoid the gym altogether?

The answer is ultimately up to you, but skipping a workout isn’t necessarily the answer. “When the words virus, disease, and transmission are thrown around, a normal response is to want to burrow into the couch and resurface in a few months,” says Jordan Metzl, MD sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and author of The Exercise Cure. “Despite that initial desire, it’s extremely important to take care of your body and mind. This includes good sleep habits, healthy nutrition, and regular exercise.”

Of course, Dr. Metzl notes that, especially during outbreaks, it’s important to keep aware and use extra precautions (a crowded marathon may not be your best bet right now), keeping up your normal workouts is extremely valuable from a health perspective. “Overall, I want my patients to keep moving every day,” he says. “This keeps the body and immune system primed and ready to fight infection, which is extremely important for everyone.” Erica Lubetkin, a licensed mental health practitioner at Tru Whole Care in New York City, agrees that exercise can be especially beneficial right now. “Exercising can help regulate the autonomic nervous system and keep it in balance, reducing stress,” she tells Health.

If signing up for a class or heading to the gym for a workout puts you in panic mode, consider doing a workout at home or head outside for some sweat. Just remember it’ll do the body (and mind!) some good and know that your best defence from coronavirus is all in your hands—literally. “The biggest problem is fear,” says Tierno. “People don’t realize there is something they can do. But you can wash your hands. It seems silly, but the principle is that you wash your hands so that you can use them to eat or prior to touching your face. That will go a long way.”

The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it’s possible that some data have changed since publication. While Health is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDCWHO, and their local public health department as resources.

Is it safe to keep active despite gym closures

Stricter social distancing measures have been announced today, which will see all non-essential services including gyms close across New South Wales and Victoria by Tuesday 24 March 2020. With safety as our number one priority, Fitness Australia continues to follow the guidelines set out by the state and federal governments.

We understand that outdoor exercise is still permitted with self-distancing measures being adhered to – including ensuring a 1.5m distance between all people. Fitness Australia CEO Barrie Elvish tells Australians that it is still safe to exercise outdoors provided social distancing measures were in place.

“Exercise is still safe. The great outdoors is still safe with social distancing in place. Moving your regular training sessions outside will ensure you can still keep your regular routine while protecting yourself during this time,” Mr Elvish said. Mr Elvish said Personal Trainers (PTs) registered with Fitness Australia hold the scope of practice to deliver outdoor training safely as they adhere to the Outdoor Training Guidelines, which have been updated to include COVID-19 restrictions.

“People are still encouraged to train with their trainer outside. If your trainer is registered with Fitness Australia then they adhere to the relevant guidelines to ensure the safe delivery of outdoor training sessions,” Mr Elvish said. “Fitness Australia is providing its members, including more than 19,000 personal trainers, comprehensive information to give them every opportunity to run their sessions safely outdoors.”

Fitness Australia provides a range of information on their website fitness.org.au for both PTs and people who are looking to find a registered PT who can deliver outdoor training.

Physical exercise and the vital role it plays in a person’s health and mental well-being has never been more important than now – a time of uncertainty, isolation and increased anxiety.

As an industry, Fitness Australia believes gyms should be classified under the essential services category given their important role in managing and maintaining mental health and overall well-being, and we will be continuing to advocate the government regarding this.

“In our push to see this recognised we are working to ensure that all our members continue to comply with relevant guidelines and recommendations as they continue to evolve,” Mr Elvish said.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure people keep active and above all else, ensure they are safe.
 
“As we continue to work together as an industry, the health and well-being of all gym operators, employees and their members remains our top priority in all operational decisions during this time.”
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Plantar Fasciitis Problems?

Plantar Fasciitis Problems?

Plantar Fasciitis Can Be Painful.

Many people come up to me and tell me they have Plantar Fasciitis and what they should or shouldn’t do. Below is a list of causes and treatments.

Some other causes that are not listed could be:
– being overweight
– taking on new exercise or suddenly increasing the intensity of your exercise
– Standing for several hours
– Medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
– Wearing high heel shoes and switching abruptly to flat shoes
– Wearing shoes that are worn out with weak arch support and thin soles
– Having flat feet or an unusually high arch
– Having legs of uneven lengths or an abnormal walk or foot position
– Having tight achilles tendons or heel cords

There are exercises you can do to reduce the symptoms and use as treatment. Whatever you do, ensure you put on your shoes when you get out of bed.

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