Movement is Good for our Brains
Multiple studies have shown that exercise, even walking, massively improves cognitive and creative brain function.
Harvard professor John J. Ratey, in his book Spark, tells the story of a school in Naperville, Illinois, that scored 1st in the world in the international science TIMSS test.
This is not some private boarding school. It’s an average school, except for one thing…it has a physical fitness requirement. Compared to the national average (30%) only 3% of the population at Naperville is overweight.
The fact that Naperville is the fittest school AND the smartest school supports that regular exercise is good for our brains.
Not all our kids are sporting superstars, but all of them need to move, even if it is small amounts.
How do we get our kids moving?
- Walk the dog
- Take them for a walking chat.
- Encourage different study positions, postures and move regularly