A healthy mind in a healthy body
We encourage all people, no matter their age, body type or ability, to participate, to create and share their own routines and, most importantly, to get moving.
Dr. Maria Montessori said, “Movement, or physical activity, is an essential factor in intellectual growth.’
We hope to raise the awareness of the holistic nature of health and to help people recognize the importance of both physical and cognitive fitness.
The Science Behind this Statement
Regular, moderate exercise is proven to increase psychological arousal and provides many benefits for the brain including, reduced stress and anxiety, increased confidence and well-being, improved memory, lengthen attention span and better decision making skills.
When we engage in physical activity, our lungs expand, our heart rate quickens and increased blood circulation carries more oxygen to the brain. Our body then releases hormones such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine that all improve cognitive function.
Exercise also increases the neurochemicals that promote brain cell repair and prompts growth of new nerve cells and blood vessels. This helps to improve the brain’s cognitive processes and protects against neurodegenerative diseases.
The brain is like a muscle that needs to be stimulated every day, helping it to create new neural connections.
We have provided multiple activities for each component to offer a rounded workout for the body and brain, to allow for the development of many different skills and to give opportunity for variety and choice, so that people can create their own suitable routine.