The answer is Daily Movement!
At Move B Happy we teach you how to do it!
Numerous studies confirm the benefits on the brain exercise has for children and adults alike.
Here are the three most important benefits your child can get from daily movement.
1) Improved academic performance in children is one of the benefits of exercise found in one study (Pate et al., 1995).
Exercise increases the size of the hippocampus, the region of the brain involved in memory and learning.
When kids are allowed and encouraged to move often, their capacity to learn and retain improves drastically.
2) Improved executive function skills, such as planning, organizing and problem-solving in children was found by another study (Chaddock et al., 2010).
Children’s prefrontal cortex is not insulated yet to allow them to make decisions based in reality, but movement can help children make better decisions as it allows time for the signals to get to the prefrontal cortex.
Exercise also stimulates the release of chemicals in the brain called neurotrophins, which play a role in the proliferation of brain cells (Eisenberg et al., 2014).
3) Emotional well-being, motivation and a better response to stress also are supported by physical exercise.
This is achieved by the fact that movement increases levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and endorphins in the brain.
Not only this, but these benefits are also available to adults alike.
And to top it off, regular physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia (Lautenschlager et al., 2008).
Exercise can also improve brain function and cognitive performance in older adults (Smith et al., 2010).
So, what are you waiting for? Get your family together and set aside 15 minutes daily for movement. Go to the Courses section of our website to learn how to do this daily without wasting any time trying to figure it out.
Monica Donosso is a mom and fitness coach based in Florida. She loves to inspire families to a healthy lifestyle of movement, mindful practices and good nutrition habits.