More recently she wrote about the value of regular exercise, intelligence and mental acuity, with brain benefits for young kids, adults and all the way up to grandparents. Please find her article below.
If you want to help boost your child’s IQ, get better grades, and work more efficiently – the answer is to fit in some regular exercise!
The following research is important for your children and you to note1
· Primary-school students who exercise approximately 40 minutes per day have increased their IQ score by an average of 4 points.
· Year six students who are fit score around 30% higher than average students, and less fit students around 20% below the average.
- Older students who participate in sport have around 20% improvements in Math, Science, English and History results.
- Eighteen year olds that are fit are more likely to go on to higher education and get full time jobs.
- Exercising before an exam may improve test scores by up to 17%.
There are over 100 studies in the Journal of Applied Physiology, that reveal that both aerobic and resistance training help maintain cognitive function as we age. Anyone with Alzheimer’s in the family should take heed!
The question is – how to get our kids hooked on exercise?
The way our kids are hooked on Facebook, videos, computer games and the lot is becoming scary! Getting them hooked on exercise is a gift that will last forever. Allow your children to choose a sport that appeals to them so they are inclined to do it naturally. The tip is to get them interested early and keep it fun. Gym, dance, netball, rugby, cricket, swimming, it doesn’t matter – as long as your child is moving and not inside a stuffy room with no air and light.
Ideally you and your children should be engaged in some type of activity every day for approximately 30-60 minutes. Try and include incidental activity in your day such as walking to and from school, or walking to and from the bus stop. If you cannot fit some form of exercise into your life, you need to reassess how much you value your brain and your body. Being a good role model delivers a quiet, naturally positive flow-on effect to your children.
One last thing to remember…
You cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet. Too many adults and children will consume sugar laden smoothies, yogurt parfaits, sugar loaded sport drinks or soft drinks after sport. This is sabotaging the exercise benefits of a healthy mind and body.
Reference: Michele Chevalley Hedge (http://ahealthyview.com/)