Is Your Childs Physical Fitness Linked to Brain Development?

by Patrice on March 17, 2011 · 2 comments Купить мини погрузчик в Перми

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The goal of the single mom is to provide the best environment for her child to thrive physically and emotionally. Who knew that she could also influence the development of her child’s brain by encouraging and providing a healthy lifestyle?

Most parents know that proper diet and exercise cause a child to perform better in school, but until recently, specific reasons for the improvement were not documented.

Deep within the human brain is an area called the hippocampus. This is a known area of the brain that plays an important part in the learning development and memory. Previous brain studies done on animals have shown that the hippocampus showed healthy improvement when the animals were exercised. New neurons grew and the cells in this area of the brain lived longer.

Using MRI’s on children during exercise showed that oxygen in the brain was utilized quicker. For the tests, the studies were made while the children exercised on treadmills. Further studies of the hippocampus in children showed interesting results.

Comparisons of physically fit children and those who were not as physically active showed differences in the size of the hippocampal area of the brain.

When the hippocampal area of the brain was compared, it was discovered that the volume of the area was approximately 12 percent higher, relative to the brain size total, in children who were physically fit.

Relational memory was also improved in children who are physically fit.

The researchers are suggesting that parents who work to promote physical activity could be improving the brain development of their child.

Previous studies have been target toward measuring school performance toward physical fitness by analyzing the body mass of the child and standardized academic test scores. This study tested the children in fifth and seventh grade to compare their level of fitness and track academic performance increases. This study indicated that as a child became more physically fit, their academic progress improved.

Now the single mom has three reasons to make sure that her child is exposed to healthy physical exercise. The first, of course, is the overall health of the child. But learning potential and learning capacity are also benefits not to be ignored.


About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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Angie March 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I know when I exercise I feel like I perform better. So I can see how this relates to children as well. And they should be encouraged for this reason to exercise and not sit around and play video games or watch tv all the time.


Savannah March 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

You could even try and exercise together – that way it’s bonding time, and you’ll both feel good.


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