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Jamieson
McGill
English 12
Mr.
MacKenzie
This topic is important to
me because I used to play
a lot of different sports
and workout frequently.
By researching this...
 Its effective
 Makes you feel better
 What sacrifices there would have
to be
 Staying motivated through the
early sta...
 I hoped to experience with
myself as research
 How exercise benefited me
 Observing how my quality
of life was increas...
I began this unit by creating a
driving question that was
meaningful to me. From there, I
planned what the entire unit
wou...
For my primary source of research I chose the book Brain
Rules by John Medina. I chose this book for a few chapters
that r...
My main source for online articles
was EBSCO. By using this research
I found a variety of different
articles similar to my...
My second online article visits how the brain is affected by exercise and
focuses mainly on memory. It also mentions that ...
The third online source I chose focuses what exercise can do from
an overall standpoint and how a lack of exercise or bein...
Week 1 was the most difficult
time I had throughout the
entire process. It was very
difficult to stay motivated and
my bod...
Week 4 was the first time I began
having things that were getting in
the way of my exercise with family
dinners and hangin...
This project has made
me more passionate
about sports then when
I started, because of the
understanding I now
have of the ...
In a short 6 weeks I learned
more about what I’m
capable of then ever before
in my life. This change in
my lifestyle is be...
The progress I’ve made since the
first week I started this project is
unimaginable. By taking part in
this project I have ...
This project has given me power
over my own life through the
willingness to participate in order
to achieve what I hope to...
An active lifestyle affected my
emotional wellbeing because it
reduced stress. Stress is what
allows people to become
emot...
 Online Article #1 – Schmolesky, Matthew T ., David L. Webb, and
Rodney A. Hansen. “The Effects Of Aerobic Exercise Inten...
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/jean_pierre_gallot_69009/8456188296/
 The lat. pulldown, which strengthens the arms and b...
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How does living an active lifestyle affect one’s emotional wellbeing. final copy

  1. 1. Jamieson McGill English 12 Mr. MacKenzie
  2. 2. This topic is important to me because I used to play a lot of different sports and workout frequently. By researching this topic I hoped to learn more about something I'm passionate about. To research this topic I used a variety of online articles, read relevant chapters from a book and engaged in a personal work out routine.
  3. 3.  Its effective  Makes you feel better  What sacrifices there would have to be  Staying motivated through the early stages is difficult  Gives you more energy  Time consuming  Money consuming (depending)  Increase in stamina and strength
  4. 4.  I hoped to experience with myself as research  How exercise benefited me  Observing how my quality of life was increased  The way I felt during my process  How the brain deals with the situation  New exercises  New meal plan
  5. 5. I began this unit by creating a driving question that was meaningful to me. From there, I planned what the entire unit would look like for me and prepared for the coming weeks. For a large portion of my research I decided to use myself as a test subject. This meant I would be working out on a daily basis during the school week and recording any changes in my overall behaviour.
  6. 6. For my primary source of research I chose the book Brain Rules by John Medina. I chose this book for a few chapters that really caught my attention. The first chapter I read was titled Exercise Boosts Brain Power, second We Don’t Pay Attention to Boring Things and third Repeat to Remember. These chapters were extremely relevant to my driving question and by breaking them down gave me the ability to provide multiple answers to my topic.
  7. 7. My main source for online articles was EBSCO. By using this research I found a variety of different articles similar to my driving question. The first article I chose to investigate talked about brain- derived neutrophic factor. This BDNF is required for cellular development, mood regulation and cognitive functions. And one method of increasing BDNF levels is to exercise regularly.
  8. 8. My second online article visits how the brain is affected by exercise and focuses mainly on memory. It also mentions that cardiovascular-aerobic exercise is most beneficial towards cognitive functions, and that age and lack of physical activity hinder these functions. This article also mentions that “memory improves no matter how intense the exercise” which means no matter what the physical shape of a person is, they can still begin a healthy lifestyle at anytime. Aerobic exercise is arguably the most beneficial exercise for the brain.
  9. 9. The third online source I chose focuses what exercise can do from an overall standpoint and how a lack of exercise or being overweight leads to increased risks in a variety of different health issues. This article describes that “maintaining a healthy weight has its own benefits from activity itself” which is a problem with many people including myself. This problem usually is ones diet, I never used to diet when I exercised vigorously everyday and it was the reason I was still slightly overweight
  10. 10. Week 1 was the most difficult time I had throughout the entire process. It was very difficult to stay motivated and my body felt extremely tired the whole week. By the end of this week I had seen no change in emotional wellbeing or motivation to continue going Week 2 began the same way as week 1, I had a hard time staying motivated and focused on my work out. By Thursday of week 2, I began to get the urge to exercise and felt much more energetic although mentally still felt the same. Week 3 started with an eager attitude towards going to the gym after the weekend’s two days off. While doing my exercises I felt much stronger and had an easier time with slightly heavier weights and higher repetitions during cardio activities.
  11. 11. Week 4 was the first time I began having things that were getting in the way of my exercise with family dinners and hanging out with friends. This conflict ended up being a perfect deciding factor on whether I was beginning to truly live an active lifestyle or not. I chose to end each activity early in order to still have enough time to get in my daily exercise. During week 5 I began to notice a significant difference in overall fitness and felt very similar to when I was highly involved with sports. During this week I had to avoid a large amount of cravings on my favorite foods, I dealt with this by exercising instead to clear my head. Dieting at this point is looking like the last thing necessary to get under control before finally living a fully active lifestyle. Week 6 was my favorite week of the process. Everything was easy for me to do and no worries were present during the day. At the end of this week I felt much happier than when I started. I’m glad I stayed committed due to the project and look forward to future results.
  12. 12. This project has made me more passionate about sports then when I started, because of the understanding I now have of the difficulty of exercise. Without this project I likely wouldn’t have had anything to get myself started again. At the end of the project I’ve gained confidence, never lack motivation and always feel like a more sane individual.
  13. 13. In a short 6 weeks I learned more about what I’m capable of then ever before in my life. This change in my lifestyle is benefiting the way I do in school and is already beginning to improve my way of life. Motivation is a powerful factor in my life and anyone else’s, it is my ability to make choices freely, based on my objectives or goals. Set your goals high. Anything is achievable
  14. 14. The progress I’ve made since the first week I started this project is unimaginable. By taking part in this project I have gained the ability to exercise daily for what I hope to be the rest of my life. This personal research I made myself take part in has also shown me how to create patterns in my life and stick to a specific routine. I’ve learned more about myself in a little over a month than I have in years.
  15. 15. This project has given me power over my own life through the willingness to participate in order to achieve what I hope to be a good grade in the unit. This project benefits the needs of students because it allows time to make changes if necessary. It also follows a well thought out plan which if followed success is evident. This project is extremely effective because it makes the student responsible for the quality of work that’s done. Although if the topic was something I wasn’t passionate towards then my drive to continue and thrive would have been low.
  16. 16. An active lifestyle affected my emotional wellbeing because it reduced stress. Stress is what allows people to become emotionally unstable because it makes them vulnerable. When I began to notice my stress reducing I also saw an improvement in the way I functioned and calmed my feelings down. After fully completing my research I now have the answers necessary to respond to my driving question.
  17. 17.  Online Article #1 – Schmolesky, Matthew T ., David L. Webb, and Rodney A. Hansen. “The Effects Of Aerobic Exercise Intensity And Duration On Levels Of Brain-Derived Neutrophic Factor in Healthy Men.” Journal Of Sports Science & Medicine 12.3 (2013): 502-511. Academic Search Premier. Web. 13 May 2014  Online Article #2 –Hotting, Kiresten, et al. “Effects Of A Cognitive Training On Spatial Learning And Associated Functional Brain Activations.” BMC Neuroscience 14.1 (2013): 1-16. Academic Search Premier. Web. 14 May 2014.  Online Article #3 – van Berkel, Jantien, et al. “An Exploratory Study Of Associations Of Physical Activity With Mental Health And Work Engagement.” BMC Public Health 13.1 (2013): 1-7. Academic Search Premier. Web. 6 May 2014.  John, Medina. Brain Rules. Seattle, John Medina.
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