Watch How This Clever PE Teacher Gets Kids To Exercise

Getting kids to exercise is always a challenge, especially when they’re in physical education class and feel like they’re being forced to do something. I hated running miles and doing stretches as a kid, and it took a lot of motivating to get me to become involved in PE class. Most teachers deal with this attitude from students, who would rather be playing games with their friends or chatting over toys, which means the teachers need to get creative when it comes to getting kids moving without much complaint.

One PE teacher at West Elementary School in Batesville, Arkansas, has figured out a genius way to get kids exercising. The teacher projects neon bugs on a wall to get kids amped about running around. The bugs move, and kids try to throw balls at the bugs. You can take a look for yourself in the video below:

According to the West Elementary School Facebook page, where the video was posted, the idea for this virtual throwing activity was found on the website PE Central, a website for K-12 physical educators that provides information and resources to help provide the best physical education to their students. The images are projected from an app called Jitterbug Friskies, which is, funnily enough, actually meant for cats. The teacher uses his or her iPhone to run the app, and using an Apple TV, connects it to the projector.

“You control when the bugs blow up, but the kids don’t have to know that,” read a comment on the video from the West Elementary School Facebook page. “They love playing this game.”

The video seemed to garner a lot of attention on Facebook, with over 32 million views and almost 600,000 shares. It may not be the most conventional PE class you’ve ever seen, but the kids are moving and having a good time while they’re doing it, so it seems to be getting the job done!

You’re getting older. Sorry, but it happens—to everyone. The effects of aging, however, don’t have to accompany the passing years—at least not as rapidly. A new video from Business Insider and Nobel Prize-winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn explains the aging process and how we can slow down its effects.

Blackburn won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine—along with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak—“for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.”

Telomeres hold the key to the effects of aging. They protect our DNA, but over time, wear down. When that happens, we age. Everyone will age, but some of us age faster than others. That’s where taking care of our telomeres comes into play.

In the video, Blackburn says we have the power to “slow down the onset or likelihood of getting diseases of aging.” To better explain how our body ages, she uses a simple example:

“Picture, if you will, a shoelace and at the end of the shoelace, there are little protective tips, often plastic,” she says in the video. “And if you imagine the shoelace is your DNA, then the protective tips at the end are called telomeres. Now, this matters for our cells because if the DNA is damaged by losing the telomeres when they get too short, then the cells can’t renew themselves.”

Blackburn says it is the damaged telomeres that speed up aging and particularly the onset of many of the diseases we get when we age—“like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, dementias, even stroke and lung diseases.”

If we keep our telomeres healthy, we can slow down the process of deterioration. The good news? We have the power to actively help protect our telomeres.

Blackburn says just getting exercise helps keep telomeres from getting damaged, and you don’t have to be a marathon runner (unless you want to). Simply walking briskly three times a week for 45 minutes is enough, she says.

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Diet also plays a huge role. Make sure you’re eating healthy foods—like fruits, vegetables and nuts. Blackburn also suggests the Mediterranean diet, which continues to be praised by doctors and other health professionals.

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The fact that exercise and diet help maintain your telomeres also explains why staying active and eating well have such good effects on your health.

“We can see inside the cells that they’re helping to slow down cell aging because they’re helping to slow down the rate the telomeres wear down,” Blackburn says.

So if you needed yet another reason to eat healthy and exercise, here you go: It will keep you young.

To learn more, check out Blackburn’s book: “The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer.

This Farmer Dancing In His Goat Barn Is Just What You Need To Watch Today

Well. I never thought I would be utterly charmed by a man dancing alone in a barn full of goats, but here we are. If this video is any indication, 2017 is off to a great—if not odd—start.

Jay Lavery, a 50-year-old farmer from upstate New York, has just made millions of people smile… and hopefully, dance! In this now-viral video, Lavery films himself dancing to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” alongside his goats.

Lavery owns and operates The Permaculture Inn, a cooperative learning facility for organic and sustainable farming, hospitality and living. But Lavery doesn’t just tend goats, lambs and chickens all day. He also likes to make his friends laugh, so he often films himself doing funny little stunts.

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However, his latest stunt (an impromptu dance performance in the middle of his goat barn) went viral, with millions of people cracking up at this farmer’s awesome dance moves.

It’s not surprising that Lavery has such great comedic timing. Before becoming a farmer, Lavery worked as a stand-up comedian, as well as a flight attendant.

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There is more to this video than just laughs, though. Lavery’s dance is also meant to be inspirational, as he says:

“Dancing is how I stay warm in the barn and I never know when I’m going to break out into a dance. But what most people don’t know is that 15 years ago I had a traumatic back injury that caused me to have several back surgeries including a discectomy and a spinal fusion and never ending back pain. Dancing along with yoga and meditation are my only alternatives to pain medication. So I hope this can inspire anyone to move in spite of pain and I hope this puts a smile on your face for the New Year.”

It certainly put on a smile on my face! I love wondering what was going through his goats’ minds. Here’s hoping barn dancing becomes the new fitness trend of 2017.

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