The Fit Kids Fit Future Health Curriculum educates students on many lifestyle factors that are critical to life long health, two of which are sleep and universal movements. Our unique approach submerses students in an understanding of the latest research and findings behind these topics. Below, is a short essay by Nathan a 10th grade Fit Kids Fit Future student at Waterville Central School.
Two Simple Ways You Can Change Your Life
Guest Post By Nathan
One way you can change your life is by sleeping. Although all of us sleep, many of us do
not get enough of it including myself. One thing that I learned about sleep is that without enough
of it your performance at anything will greatly decrease. I also learned that lack of sleep actually
makes you dumber, this is because it impairs your attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning
and problem solving. Lack of sleep makes it much harder to learn while in class. The final fact
about sleep that blew my mind was when you are sleep deprived the many risks it can lead to.
Some of these risks include heart attack, heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high
blood pressure, strokes and diabetes. The way to prevent these risks is to just sleep 8.5 to 9.5
hours. Before going to sleep try not to have contact with any electronics an hour before you go to
bed. Another thing to do is try to go to sleep at the same time every night. Make sure your room
is slightly cool, dark and quiet. If you do this you will sleep great and improve your health.
The second thing you can do is quick and will improve your health greatly is called
Universal Movements. These movements are easy exercises that anyone can do no matter what
your health is like. The movements are meant to strengthen key parts in your body which will
increase your endurance and your strength. Some of theses movements are air squats, lunges,
front leaning raises and side bridges. I am proof of Universal Movements working. In the beginning of
this year I was in decent shape and basketball season was coming up. After learning about these two
simple things I decided to try it out myself. After about two weeks, I realized how much more endurance
and strength I had gained, and I was amazed. About a month later I began to add weights to my
exercises to become even more fit. I did this for another month and basketball tryouts were here and I
During tryouts I was shocked at how fast I was compared to other players who
were also trying out. In the end, I made the team, and I was so happy with my performance and
how fit I felt. This is why I will never be sleep deprived again and why I will always do
Universal Movements for the rest of my life.