How to Be a Strong and Healthy Teacher!

by Tamara Luanxy

Posted on Thursday 8th of September 2011


In an academic profession such as teaching, people are not usually expected to place physical fitness very high on their list of priorities—unless, of course, they happen to be gym teachers. However, the teaching of academic subjects can be a very demanding task, especially if we expand our view and take a global survey of what life is like for teachers.

Schools in the United States have become stereotyped as dangerous and violent in recent years, in no small part due to publicized shootings on school and university campuses. It is arguable that these tragic events are very much the exception to the rule, and that, statistically, such attacks are highly unlikely to happen to any teacher. However, if we examine schools in some inner-city neighborhoods, we will find many teachers who fear smaller, less lethal attacks on a regular basis. These attacks may happen on or off-campus and such teachers always have to be on their guard.

Now, let us stretch our perspective to the so-called Third World. Specifically, we shall now be examining the state of teachers in public schools in the Philippines. Many of them are obliged to conduct two school-days in one. Some public schools in Metro Manila, the country’s capital, are so crowded that each day has two shifts. There are morning students and afternoon students, and each shift should contain the material for a full school day. Of course, the schedule is extremely grueling, with nary a break.

As you can probably see, it is often important for teachers to be strong and healthy. For some, it is a matter of staying alert and fit in potentially dangerous circumstances. For others, health is an issue due to the demands of working in an under-funded, outdated educational system.

Keeping up with the physical demands of teaching is likely to only become more difficult as the teachers in question grow older. Age may bring wisdom, but it also brings aches and pains, and a decline in strength and vigor.

Fortunately, scientists have been studying the biochemical basis of aging. Yes, aging is often understood as the body wearing down. What some scientists try to understand is exactly what causes this wearing-down process. To speak in carpentry terms, what is the sandpaper that wears down the body as it gets older?

The closest match for the above metaphor is the decline in the body’s production of human growth hormone. Exactly how or why this decline happens is not clearly understood. However, many supplements have been formulated to try to compensate for this decline, thus bringing growth hormone levels closer to what they were in a person’s youth. Some doctors have championed these products online, but it is still somewhat controversial.

Even so, HGH releasers are worth a look, given that the hormone is linked with both the internal and external signs of aging. It is linked with the condition of skin and hair, as well as muscle and bone. Though you can procure an HGH supplement like Genf20 Plus, Sytropin, Provacyl and GHR1000 without a prescription, it might help to allay your concerns if you consulted a medical practitioner.



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