Importance of Exercise

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel happier, boost your health and have a whole lot of fun.  For those of us who enjoy working out, or at least feel obligated to stay physically active, the exercise options are endless.  Working out in 2019 has evolved so far beyond the treadmill, free weights and aerobics classes of the past. With no shortage of options to get your heartrate up and your body in good physical condition, exercise does not have to feel like a chore, but can be a really fun part of the day. Regardless of what exercise you choose, be it spin, kickboxing, Pilates, Zumba, yoga, Crossfit, HIIT, or just shooting hoops with some friends, physical activity is good for overall health and well-being.  Regular exercise improves blood pressure, muscle strength, sleep, blood sugar levels, mood, and confidence.  It also controls weight, strengthens the heart, increases energy levels, improves endurance, and can help brain health and memory.  All leading to a happier, healthier you.

There is no better place to keep physically active, and have a blast doing it, than at summer camp.  In addition to the friendships, independence and resilience kids build at camp, they also have the opportunity to be physically active in a natural environment.  Campers are moving their bodies throughout the day and staying healthy, happy, and energized.  Every day campers participate in a variety of physical activities like water and land sports, outdoor adventure, biking, dance, gymnastics, fencing, and many challenging and fun classes at the IS Fitness Center.  Campers and staff can’t get enough of the amazing classes and challenges Tara “Fitness” has brought to the IS Fitness Center over the years.  From classes in Pound, Spin and HIIT, to time in the weight room and circuit training, camp is a place where working out is an enjoyable part of the day.   And even when campers are involved in less physically demanding activities, they are still walking from place to place and staying active at camp.

The high energy that comes from staying physically active in the great outdoors, keeps the spirit and enthusiasm for camp going all summer long.  Active days at camp have become a much needed and appreciated break from the increased sedentary time young people are getting through an increase in screen time over the years. Camp takes away the lure of screen time by enforcing a “no electronics policy.”  Being unplugged for the summer allows kids to refocus on staying physical active and connected to their friends in real time.  Maybe all of the exercise and physical activity is why campers have the energy, enthusiasm, and confidence to make the most of every single camp moment.  Keep moving, having fun, and enjoying all the benefits regular exercise provides.  You don’t have to wait for camp to start to reap the benefits of staying active.  Join a team or school sport, play tennis with a friend, try a new fitness class, or just dance around the room.  You will feel great!