The Impact of Nature on Our Lifestyles

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Chris Marzec
IDS 3920
Lankenau
9/18/2012

What if I was to tell you that being active outside and not being confined in your home, as a child, would make you a better student. In a Times Magazine World online article, they said, “Physical Activity can improve blood flow to the brain, fueling memory, attention and creativity, which are essential to learning. And exercise releases hormones that can improve mood and suppress stress, which can also help learning.” (Park) Now ask yourself, when you were younger, did you enjoy playing outside and running around with your friends? To the other side of that, were you the type of kid that stayed inside and didn’t go outside that much? Back when I was younger, I definitely looked forward to going outside during school and when I got home. I hated being stuck inside and watching television all day. I just had to get outside, run around, play sports, and be adventurous. In today’s times, I feel like it’s the exact opposite. Seeing my younger sister grow up, I have noticed a complete difference in the way she spends her time compared to mine. Maybe it’s just the fact that I was a young boy but it’s definitely different. I have noticed that her other friends are still a lot more active, athletic, energetic, and happy. She just wants to sit inside all day, draw, play Nintendo, listen to music, and acts all down. Maybe the outdoors isn’t her thing but she does not have the energy that other kids have around her. My parents have even noticed a difference. My mom told me, “Your sister just isn’t the same when it comes to physical outdoor activity to how you were as a kid. She is a sweet and great girl but is not as active as other kids are these days.” When I was in school, recess was definitely something to look forward to. I used recess as a way to distress myself from the schoolwork that we had and everything else. It was a mini get away from school, grades, and teachers. Every single one of my friends got so excited...
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