Fitness & Brain Function
Study after study shows kids who get regular physical activity experience improvements not just in their fitness levels, but in brain function, too. Just walking or biking to school can prime the brain for learning. It makes sense - kids need to move more. When they do, they are better positioned to succeed in the classroom. Physical activity doesn't have to be in a recess or PE setting to be effective. Classroom teachers can integrate movement-based activities to energize a group after lunch or to relax and calm a class before a test, after lunch or at the end of the day. There are many names for physical activity breaks such as brain breaks, energizers, and brain boosters. Regardless of what you call it, the goal is simple! Get kids out of their seat and physically active throughout the school day. And don't forget to have fun, too!