Exercise Boosts Kids’ Grades

With it being a new year, I know many of you have set health goals. If you’re looking to get your kids healthy, and increase their grade point average at the same time (do I have your attention yet, parents?), it’s best to get them on a health kick, too. I’ve blogged about this before, but “new” research is always popping up showing the effects of exercise on school grades. It’s pretty fascinating what just a few minutes of exercise can do to the brain. The latest article was released yesterday. Here’s one thing they said that caught me attention:

The investigators noted that increases in blood and oxygen flow to the brain that accompanies exercise may play a role in improving classroom performance. The suggestion is that the dynamic prompts an increase in levels of hormones responsible for curtailing stress and boosting mood, while at the same time prompting the establishment of new nerve cells and synapse flexibility.

To me, this is pretty cool info, but I don’t know that it’s necessarily revolutionary. I think it’s a pretty simple equation, really. Exercise promotes blood and oxygen flow, and the more blood and oxygen you have running through your body, the healthier…and happier…you are. There’s not really any new information here, but I believe this info needs to be told over and over again.

The moral of the story is to get moving, and bring your kids along with you! If your kids are struggling in school, chances are they need a little help firing their nerve synapses. Their brain isn’t firing right, because their muscles aren’t firing right (or sometimes, at all).

QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the exercise/brain connection?