ORHS Life Fitness 1
First of all I am a husband and I am dad to my 4 children. But I am also a Life Fitness teacher at Oak Ridge HS, and I love what get to do everyday with my students. I began as a Trojan when I started coaching here in 2000 and starting teaching at ORHS in 2004. I love working with high schoolers and seeing them accomplish things they didn’t think they could or didn’t want to try. I strive to give my students a wide variety of activities to enjoy and to try out so they can develop skills both physically and socially to allow them to chose an active lifestyle for themselves in life after their ORHS Life Fitness experience. ORHS has a great Life Fitness department and I am happy to be a part of it.
Personally, I have always been an active person through high school and college playing/coaching sports and now finding avenues to keep myself active and healthy. I have a passion for teaching about the importance of exercise and the benefits it has on all facets of life. I came across this recently and thought summarizes the value of exercise well:
“Exercise is the single-most powerful tool you have to optimize your brain function,” said Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey (“Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”). He and fellow neuroscientists are showing us that exercise can combat the toxic effects of stress and make us more resilient. “Adding exercise to your lifestyle sparks your brain function to improve learning on three levels: First, it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention, mood and motivation; second, it prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information; and third, it spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus.” Research is showing us that exercise can help lift depression, improve memory and mental performance, relieve insomnia, boost immunity and even help stave off Alzheimer’s.