Now that the school holidays are coming to an end and the kids are heading back to school, it’s a good time to have a look at what activities your children are involved in to help them stay active. It’s important children stay active when they get back to school simply because it helps improve their academic performance.
Physical activity across all age groups improves health outcomes and reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases. Recent research [from The Copenhagen Consensus Conference 2016] noted that moderate physical activity improves the cognitive function and academic performance of school children and, importantly, that time given to physical activity in place of academic lessons is not detrimental to school performance.
Being physically active increases heart rate and oxygen circulation to the brain, helping memory function, improving sleep quality and reducing stress. As these things help brain function, it makes complete sense that children’s school performance will improve.
Kids can be active in many ways through organised sports, outdoor active play and looking at active ways of getting around, including walking, riding or skateboarding to and from places including school. So with the summer holidays about to end, it’s a great time to look at ways your kids can stay physically active and help improve those school grades.
Hope this helps
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