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How Physical Activity Combats Mental Health Issues with Children

Posted: August 31, 2018

Everywhere you go these days, you will hear a lot these days about how physical activity is good for your children. It keeps them fit and healthy and can help in preventing diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. But what is less often discussed, though no less important, is the connection between physical activity and mental health in children.

And this isn’t just wishful guessing either. There’s a lot of empirical evidence to back this up. Many recent medical studies have found strong positive links between physical activity and a variety of mental functions, such as more positive self-esteem and self-perception, sharper cognitive functions, and even positive effects on behavioral disorders like ADHD. It has also been linked to alleviating mental health issues in children, such as depression and anxiety.

In honor of mental health month, we’re going to explore some of the key ways in which physical activity combats mental health issues with children and increases your child’s cognitive awareness. We’ll split these advantages into several broad themes:


Why do we train in martial arts?

Posted: August 31, 2018

Training in martial arts helps discipline both the mind and the body.  The focus and confidence you gain from training enable you to achieve your goals and be successful in life.  The physical conditioning will allow you to enjoy your life as you live it.  West Houston ATA Martial Arts teaches all this and much more.  Come train with us!


Anti-bully Strategies To Share With Your Kids

Posted: July 31, 2018

Summer is winding down and Back to School season is in full swing.  Parents are anxiously getting their children prepared to return to school, while kids experience their own anxieties about making new friends, facing new peer pressures and unfortunately often having to deal with bullying, which these days often follows them home via social media. 

In this article and video Mr. Beard (Owner of USA Karate & Krav Maga Centers, former Police Officer) discusses some anti bullying coping strategies to share with your child to help them avoid becoming a victim this upcoming school year.


Goal setting: critical components for success

Posted: July 11, 2018

Goal setting is critical to success.  If we don’t have a roadmap, so to speak, we really don’t know where we are going.

When we set goals, we always say they need to be SMART: Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based.


New Year’s Resolutions

Posted: July 11, 2018

How many of you set New Year’s Resolutions?  You know, lose weight, get back in shape, etc.  How many of you have already broken the resolutions about losing weight, getting back in shape, etc.?

When you think of the complexity of the human body, it seems a little overwhelming.  It was easy to get out of shape.  It’s hard to get back into shape.  Our muscles just don’t want to do the exercise.  Your brain has to have the discipline to order your muscles to get in shape and stay that way.


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