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EXERCISE CAN BOOST INTELLIGENCE IN CHILDREN

EXERCISE CAN BOOST INTELLIGENCE IN CHILDREN

Anyone with small children probably doesn’t have trouble getting them moving. The hard part is getting them to sit still!  Unfortunately the urge to run around wears off quickly. Children can easily be way too sedentary by mid-primary school.

We all know that isn’t good for physical health. New research shows that exercise also really matters when it comes to learning ability.

WHAT RESEARCH WAS DONE?

A study monitored 86 year 4-6 children at a primary school in the UK. They looked at how active they were and measured their age-adjusted body mass index. They also checked how they were doing academically.

Obviously children get bigger as time goes on, so their height and weight was recorded four times during the year-long study. This was done to track their BMI.

WHAT DID THE RESEARCHERS FIND?

It seems that more active children are doing better at school. Their results in the basic skills of literacy and mathematics were all either average or above average. While all children gained weight (as we said, children are expected to get bigger), the less active children gained weight more rapidly. This could indicate future problems.

WHAT CAN I DO TO ENCOURAGE MY CHILDREN TO EXERCISE?

Your kids think like King Louie in the Jungle Book – ‘I wanna be like you!’ There is no better role model than a parent. Take them swimming, enjoy a family walk. Take a trip to the playground. If you can find one with adult-sized kit, even better. That’s guaranteed to give everyone a giggle!

Get them walking to school if at all possible. It’s better for them, you and the environment. Help them get organised for their PE lessons, the same as you do for their academic work. And encourage their efforts in PE just as much as you do in maths and English.

Make fitness part of the everyday for your kids, just as it is for you.

Photo by Amanda Dalbjörn on Unsplash

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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