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Proven: Kids Get Smarter Just from Exercising

Proven: Kids Get Smarter Just from Exercising

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  • A review of 14 studies has demonstrated that the more physically active schoolchildren are, the better they do academically.
  • One US test program at Naperville Central High School powerfully illustrated this point two years ago. Students who participated in a dynamic morning exercise program nearly doubled their reading scores while math scores increased 20-fold.
  • Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage. This is true for all age groups.
  • To get your kids moving, limit the amount of time your child spends watching TV or playing computer and video games, and to replace these sedentary activities with active ones. Overweight and obese children need at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, and may benefit from closer to 60 minutes.
  • High-intensity interval training is the ideal form of exercise for children. Intermittent bouts of activity with pauses in between is entirely natural for the human body, and kids will spontaneously resort to this type of activity when left to their own devices.

By Dr. Mercola

An extensive review of relevant research has demonstrated that the more physically active schoolchildren are, the better they do academically. 


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