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My brain on movement

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

With so many schools around the USA now either eliminating or reducing the amount of time for gym it should be noted that our bodies are truly complete units. It has been shown now in a variety of studies that exercise, in particular aerobic exercise, can assist in learning and memory. Let's not only exercise ourselves but also give our children the chance to get some good moves in prior to tackling that homework, especially if your school district is one that believe reducing gym time and increasing math time will benefit your child.

Of course this goes for us as well at any age. The more we sit the more we not only lose muscle quality but we also lose brain quality! Yikes!! No one wants that!!
So get a walk in or just march in place while watching your favorite show.

Here is just one article on exercise and the brain which is short and easy to read:
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    1487 days ago
  • MLH148
    How do we get this to change? Why is it so obvious to us but not the powers that be?
    1487 days ago
    I wish all children had active play for fun and exercise. It's part of being a child.
    1487 days ago
    I so agree. And it used to make me so mad, when I taught music in the schools, when testing time was getting close and they took away all PE, Music, etc for the 6 weeks leading up to the tests to get more prep time in for the tests. So the kids were confined to their desks for much longer periods of time with fewer breaks. And they wonder why they don't test well!! I used to make sure they got a lot of movement activities in music class on rainy days or testing days, after the tests were finished, to help give them a break from all the sitting! Everyone need breaks from being stuck, confined, in meetings, in classes, etc for hours on end!

    1488 days ago
    I live in one of the only states that requires physical education in schools.
    1488 days ago
    1488 days ago
    My grandsons get some exercise, especially running, at school. They do tournaments like kickball, which is fun and encourages all skill levels. But, most of their exercise comes from 6 hours of gymnastics and seven hours if tae kwon do each week.. They are almost never still by choice. They are straight 'A' students. I know there is good evidence that exercise helps brain activity. Best of both worlds. Wish I had been so encouraged as a child!
    1488 days ago
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