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Exercise Boosts Brain Power

December 4th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
The proof’s out – physical activity makes for smarter kids. Here’s why you need to get your kids moving while they’re young.

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Exercise Boosts Brain Power

As a new parent it can be easy to lose sight of what physical activity is really about. From as young as 18 months we register our kids in gymnastics looking for signs to turn them competitive. Kids as young as three are playing hockey four times a week. However, the main reason to get your kids moving at a young age isn’t to build the next Olympian or sport’s star. It’s to boost their health, help maintain a healthy body weight and give them a cognitive boost. Studies by the Society for Research in Child Development have found that physically active children outperform their inactive peers in the classroom and on tests of achievement.

Why Exercise Makes Kids Smarter

Engaging in physical activity increases brain volumes in the basal ganglia and hippocampus – areas associated with cognitive control and memory.

Physically active children also have increased concentration and enhanced attention spans. Fitness boosts the ability to tune out competing stimuli and focus on the task at hand. It also teaches kids to persevere in order to complete an assignment.