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Move Your Body to Grow Your Brain

By April 21, 2017May 25th, 2018No Comments


Integrating motion and exercise throughout the school day makes students less fidgety and more concentrated. Improving focused behavior and lowering class management challenges are among the most obvious advantages of adding physical activities to a student’s school day. 

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Exercise is Like “Miracle-Gro for the Brain”

Exercise may have both a physiological and developmental influence on kids’s brains.

Physical mechanisms include:

  • Increased oxygen to the brain that may enhance its ability to learn
  • Changes to neurotransmitters
  • Structural changes in the central nervous system

Research studies recommend that routine exercise supports healthy kid development by improving memory, concentration and favorable outlook. Researchers found that kids who had an opportunity to run 15-45 minutes prior to class were less sidetracked and more attentive to schoolwork. These positive effects lasted 2 to 4 hours after their exercises.

The connection between exercise and learning appears to be especially strong for grade school students. Given these findings, cutting down on athletics with the goal of improving scholastic performance, as some districts have actually done or might be thinking about, is likely to be disadvantageous.

Pump Up Your Brain Using Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is a vital element for preserving body and brain health for individuals of any ages. A recent research study involving 120 people found that walking quickly 30-40 minutes a day 3 times a week helped to “regrow” the structures of the brain connected to cognitive decline in older adults. The result was the equivalent of stopping the brain’s aging clock by one to two years. This is among the very first clinically regulated research studies showing the power of exercise in improving brain regrowth. Exercise before, throughout and after school is wise for your brain, body and heart.

By including motion and exercise into the school day, you can support student learning in a range of ways:

Start the Day with Movement

Numerous instructors begin the school day with workouts such as jumping jacks, arm crosses and stretches.

Improve Attention Throughout and In between Lessons: Integrating brief exercise or stretch breaks into lessons can resharpen kids’s focus. Particularly for younger students, dividing lessons into 8-20 minute “portions” divided by activities that include motion keeps their attention on learning and helps make the material more unforgettable. Exercise and stretch breaks likewise work well during shifts in between lessons.

Engage the Senses

Our brains receive input from our visual, tactile, auditory and olfactory senses, allowing us to engage with the rest of the world. Integrating activities that include all the senses can make learning more remarkable. Sensory experiences are a crucial element of learning.

Play Games

Teaching lessons as active games likewise boosts attention and memory. How about a kinesthetic spelling bee in which teams of trainees spell vocabulary words by placing their bodies in the shapes of letters?