Sunday, 25 September 2011

Affordances Post

This posting will be based around the topic of affordance in relation to my occupation. This topic will be divided into three sub topics; communications, connection and finally ethics.
Please note: that this blog posting will be based around - going to the gym (this is to ensure my posting is specific enough to the concepts around affordances).
Communications in regards to going to the gym is limited as there is no verbal communication, however there is a great deal of non verbal communication (exercising) between myself and the gym equipment. This non verbal communication is the most significant form of communication.
The relationship of this is somewhat of an individual one, the main reason I attend the gym is to take care of myself - both mentally and physically. However there are other relationships I need to consider, this is the relationship of the environment and the people in the environment. I care for the equipment by making sure I wipe it down after i sue each piece and I care for the other people at they gym by ensuring I am not on the equipment for too long at peak gym times.
Connection to portray connection in relation to going to the gym i have wrote a poem;
This is the gym called Contours.
This the gym I exercise in called Contours.
These are the shoes that I wear when I exercise in the gym called Contours.
This is the dirt that are on the shoes that I wear when I exercise in the gym called Contours.
Ethics, in relation to going to the gym can be divided into four sections; burdens, joy, good and the bad.
Burdens in relation to going to the gym is having to drive distances to get to and from the gym, money i pay to go to the gym, finding a car park. There are many joys i get from going to the gym these include; a feeling of total well being, the enjoyment of using and moving my own body and finally the joy of achieving and accomplishing. While the bad only includes; muscle aches and having to wash my hair after exercising.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Exercise - A Mindful Overview

This post will be based around three different concepts around exercise; my experience with it, what exercise means to me and finally how the significance of this activity will effect my practice with clients as a future occupational therapists.
My experience with exercise has been a vast and long one. Exercise has been constantly in my environment from as young as I can remember with my dad being NZ kickboxing champion and my mum a marathon runner, I have been influenced to be active an incorporate daily exercise into my every day life. My personal experience with exercise includes; athletics, dancing, cross country running, netball, kickboxing, walking, attending the gym and yoga. Exercise has helped me develop peer relationships, learn co operation, appreciate success, learn technique, apply theory (kinesiology) to physical exercise and finally relax myself allowing me to feel good about myself and sleep well.
Exercise on a personal level means; gaining achievements, making my family proud, allowing me to spending time with my family and friends while participating in this activity, feeling good about myself, creating total well being (Hauora - Maori Model of Health) and finally I find exercising relaxing.
How I would use exercise as an Occupational Therapist would include; Using exercise to create meaningful occupation whether it be working with clients who present with mental illnesses as exercise has been proven to be an effective strategy for those with mood disorders. Evidence has now been established to support the claim that exercise is related to positive mental health as indicated by relief in symptoms of depression and anxiety (Landers, 2000). Alternatively, I would use exercise as a part of a model of total well being such as Hauora. Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand. It comprises Taha Tinana (physical wellbeing), Taha hinengaro (mental and emotional wellbeing), Taha whanau (social wellbeing), and Taha wairua (spirtual wellbeing) (Health and Physical Education Online, 2010). This model would be particularly successful when working with the Moari community. This is a model I can strongly identify with. Other ways exercise could be effective when working with clients is to create; good sleep hygiene, develop daily/weekly schedules and finally goal setting.

Health and Physical Education Online. (2010). Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum. Retrieved from on the 08/09/2011.

Landers, D. (2000). The Influence of Exercise on Mental Health. Retrieved from on the 09/09/2011.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Semister Two Introduction

This semister I will be posting six new posts weekly, based on an activity I participate in regularly. The activity I will be blogging on over this semister will be; Exercise.
Exercise is defined as an activity that requires physical or mental exertion, especially when performed to develop or maintain fitness (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 2009).

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