Kindness is Contagious…

How to Get In Shape and Stay Fit Training at Bell’s Taekwondo

Losing weight takes a lot of time, energy, and will to get that perfect weight and figure you’ve always dreamed of. But before going to the proper step-by-step how-to’s, let us first warm our minds up on the right information about this weight loss and fitness stuff.

Health

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Wealth


Being wealthy is neither about acquiring all the riches in the world nor getting whatever you want with just a snap of the fingers. It’s more about investing something from an earlier period of your life and being able to continuously use it perfectly until you grow old. No material thing can be such an investment because one day they come, and before you know it, they go. For instance, the money you earn today may be the car you’ll be driving tomorrow. But automobiles don’t last that long either; sooner or later, their parts will get rusty until they become broken and useless in time.

The real richness in this world is being happy – being able to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. It makes no sense to achieve happiness and success if you’re not healthy and fit.

Healthy People

People who are considered “healthy” are those who are physically and mentally fit. Training at Bell’s Taekwondo gets you fit physically and mentally, but we’ll get back to that in a sec. Physical fitness is the ability of the human body to function with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to engage in leisure activities, and to meet physical stresses. Muscular strength, endurance, stamina, and general alertness are the overt signs of being physically fit. Martial arts’ training sharpens these qualities.

Your level of physical fitness can be influenced by regular, systematic exercise and proper nutrition. Regular is key. Our classes enable our martial arts students to develop discipline through routine and support. Moderate activity in between martial arts classes will maintain you at a level that is usually adequate to handle ordinary stress, while right diet affects energy expenditure. Overweight, underweight, and weak individuals have low fitness levels.

On the other hand, mental fitness refers to the psychological state of well-being, characterized by continuing personal growth, a sense of purpose in life, self-acceptance, and positive relations with others. As you focus on your martial arts training, challenge yourself to break out of your comfort zone and meet new friends you “stretch your mental toughness.”

The great thing about training at Bell’s Taekwondo is that you get the best of both worlds.

By: Master Tim Bell

 

How do you see your Child?

How we see our children = How they see themselves (Their Self-Image)

Dr. Maxwell Maltz found that the way we see ourselves directly relates to what we are capable of achieving. The beliefs we have about ourselves are a compilation of our past experiences and what others have told us since we were children.

Your child is going to believe what you tell him about himself. If you make consistent positive deposits to your child’s self-image, than your child will grow up believing he is capable of great things.

If your word deposits are negative than that is what your child will grow up believing. If the latter is the Your child will have to UN- learn the negative images that you have painted for him, whether you meant to or not.

Many times I run into parents who inform me that their son or daughter is “shy.” I particular take an interest in these children because I firmly believe that Taekwondo is a great way to break them out of that shell!

I particularly remember a little girl who was just about to turn five years old. She was “tiny” and petite therefore her parents believed her stature controlled the confidence she had in herself.  I’m not quit sure but I wouldn’t doubt if her parents told her things like “you’re smaller so be careful” Obviously if she was “small for her age” she would have figured that out and then asked why the other kids were bigger.

Never the less, the little girl was very hesitant to take classes. When she finally did a couple of lessons she did very well.

One evening her parents walked into the school appearing frustrated with her. They had her dobok in hand and began to explain that she did not want to take Taekwondo classes any more.

I very gently and with a lot of concern got down on one knee…I said in a warm loving caring tone: “Do you just not want to do class today or do you not want to do it ever again?”  At this point she informed me that it was just today!

Her father became very angry and told her to “make up her mind!”  It seemed to me as though this little girl was feeling a little bit of anxiety because it was just her third visit. We wanted to give her enough time for free until she felt comfortable. Usually this takes no longer than one to four classes –  in most cases one.

The lesson I gather from this story is simple. The little girl was just living up to the shy label that her parents had given her in the months and years prior. She had actually stretched her self-image in the previous two visits, but like a rubber band snapping back was her parents’ conviction that she was shy.  Do not label your kids unless you are one hundred percent sure the label will be one that you want them to live up to!

In the last 8 years working with parents I’ve seen parents whose message to their child’s self-image was positive and those whose messages were negative. Many parents make the mistake of labeling their children as shy, UN-coordinated, UN-disciplined, or quitters! Knowing what you now know I’m positive that you will be careful of the label you give your child.

By: Master Tim Bell