How to power your child’s brain with movement

Years ago, many believed that the health benefits of exercise were limited to the body. However, research has demonstrated that regular physical activity and movement can benefit both the body and the brain. Recent studies have highlighted that movement can improve the supply of oxygen to the brain and promote the production of new cells. In fact, it appears movement also aids in creating new connections in the brain. 

In recent decades many schools have reduced sports and PE classes and even sold off sports fields. But, happily, this trend is showing signs of reversing. 

More than half of children don’t get enough exercise

The number of children and young people who were physically active fell during the 2019/20 academic year in England, as, first storms, and then the coronavirus pandemic restricted activities.

The figures show that 44.9% met the guidelines of taking part in sport or physical activity for an average of 60 minutes each day. When this is compared to 2018’s figure it is a slight fall of 1.9% although levels remain higher than the numbers for 2017. Pretty amazing considering lockdowns and school closures.

We still have to pay attention though. Many more school students have moved towards e-learning and continue to spend many hours on their devices. For these reasons, it’s important to be mindful of our children’s physical activity and to encourage them to exercise each day. And not just to benefit their physical health. 

Exercise makes kids smarter

In many ways, exercising each day is likely to make your child a better student. Movement triggers the release of chemical substances in the brain that enhance brain function. Here’s a quick snapshot of the benefits of movement… 

Better Brain Function – Movement may protect your brain against degenerative changes later in life.

Better Stress Reduction – Exercise and movement have been shown to have an antidepressant effect that can help reduce overall stress. 

Better Memory – Regular exercise can help directly and indirectly improve recall and reasoning skills. Play football – Get smarter – kids will love that.

The research is clear. Daily movement and exercise are healthy for both your child’s body and their brain. And our posture and movement assessments are designed to help you identify any abnormal patterns, helping your child feel better and stay active so they can become the best student possible. So, if your child struggles to get enough exercise due to nagging aches and pains or less than ideal posture, we hope you’ll consider booking an appointment with us today. Our doors are open, and we’re here to help!