Exercise improves your brain function. In fact it was shown that 40 minutes a day of exercise can increase the IQ of elementary kids by 3.8 points. College students got better grades and those of us working were 15 percent more efficient at our jobs, thus decreasing our work time and increasing income.
Think about that, by having our kid’s exercise we can increase their brain power and help them do better in school. Instead of arguing about more homework time, you get to tell them to go outside and play.
With exercise having so many great side effects why aren’t we getting more of it?
- Only 25% of kids get 30 minutes of exercise a day
- From the ages of 12 – 21 only 1 in 2 participate in any vigorous activity
- CDC found that fewer than two in 10 Americans get the recommended levels of exercise, and more than a quarter of U.S. adults do not devote any time to physical activity.
So how can you make sure that your child is getting exercise and thus the benefit of improved brain function?
Lead by Example
Your kids learn not only from what you say, but also from what you do. If you are not exercising and are just sitting around on the couch, why will your kid go exercise when you tell them to? When you lead by example they begin to ask questions about what you are doing and will see that it is just a part of life. If you value exercise your kids will value exercise. (click to Tweet Quote)
Sign Them up for a Sport
This is a great way to get them moving. Just make sure that they are getting actual exercise during the sport. For example if practice is just batting practice then they still need to get some cardiovascular exercise in as well. A great sport to get them doing lots of running is soccer.
Require Outside Play Time/Limit Electronics
By encouraging your child and their friends to play outside it builds exercise in with their play time. If they don’t want to organize an impromptu neighborhood baseball game they can still try one of these: tag, mother may I, red light green light, bikes, scooters, skateboards – really the options are endless just get them moving. The less TV the more brain power they will have!
Be an Active Family
It helps if the entire family is active together, you get quality time and everyone gets exercise. As a family we take walks at night after dinner, my husband and son play baseball, basketball, hockey and many others outside, we all go swimming or sometimes bowling. Make sure that all your family activities don’t revolve around eating, movies and other sedentary activities.
Don’t put your kids (or your own) brain function at risk. Something as simple as a walk around the block can improve brain function. Get started tonight, go take a walk!
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