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How are the two linked?
Humans are designed to be on the move and to interact with their environment through movement. There is substantial evidence to suggest that physical activity is therefore not only an important contributing factor to a healthy body but also a healthy brain.
The neurological impact of movement on the brain increases oxygen and glucose to the brain and the release of neurotransmitters which develop memory, attention and motivation.
Regular movement also triggers a hormonal response. Hormones such as endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine will not only lift your mood but increase your ability to focus and be creative. An increase in these hormones also helps reduce levels of cortisol, or stress hormones in the body, which has numerous benefits.
- Decreased risk physiological and cognitive disorders.
- You will be in a better mood which benefits you and those around you.
- Increased attention and therefore greater the ability to execute complex tasks.
- You’ll remember more, for longer. Our memory diminishes as we age, a healthy active lifestyle can counteract this.
The need for your children to move
Many of the above points carry over to children. As we age, we go from active play and exploration to sitting at desks for long periods of time. Of course, there is a need, but there’s a huge amount of evidence to support the need for movement in the classroom.
As many of you will now be home-learning, consider how you can bring movement into your day. Here are some ideas:
- Movement moments. Find moments in the day to complete a few exercises – this could be every 20 minutes or sporadically throughout the day. For example, try a few push-ups, jumps or squats little and often.
- Group fitness class. There are so many out there, involve your children. Click here for some inspiration.
- Creative desk spaces. Try and think of something slightly different than just working at the kitchen table. Practise different sitting positions… anything to break the usual routine.