By Cynthia Bretheim, Bloomington Health and Wellness Coordinator
As we all know, wellness comes from more than eating fruits and vegetables, and exercising.
Wellness comes from spending time in sunlight to soak up vitamin D from the sun to boost the immune system. Wellness includes choosing to take a walk around the building before you eat lunch, or taking a computer-break for a day (what a concept).
Success is achieved by skillful action, and delayed gratification may help us become successful. In class we use a variety of materials and videos to show how wellness means much more than what is commonly thought of. For example, we watched a video on research about delayed gratification and its relationship to achieving long-term success.
The video shows that children who are able to withhold from eating one marshmallow to later earn two have more successful, productive lives as adults: http://www.yesmagazine.org/multimedia/yes-video/marshmallows-and-gratification
Exercise is more than “being good” and healthy. It actually helps shape the brain. New research shows that college students who engaged in vigorous activity for 20 minutes boosted their grades .4 on a 4.0 grade scale. That’s almost half a grade higher just from exercising!
Dr. John Ratey, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard, has written great books about the brain and exercise. Our CIP students also enjoyed part of this 49-minute talk to Google staff.
In Spark, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer’s. Filled with amazing case studies), Spark is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run–or, for that matter, simply the way you think.