Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Move Your Body, Improve Your Mind

Remember back in the day when kids actually went outside and played with their friends? Remember double dutch, street ball (that's basketball with a milk crate that served as a make-shift hoop)? How about hop scotch, four square, and hide and go seek? Those were some of the games we played growing up as kids. According to Furman University, Mathematica Policy Research, and The University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga those games we played have more benefits then just keeping kids entertained for hours; in fact their individual studies are pointing to a link between physical activity and cognitive abilities. Here's more:
"The health benefits of physical activity go without saying, and research continues to show that even small amounts can help. For African-American children, the impact is even more pronounced, according to researchers at Furman University, in Greenville, SC who found that exercise can also help sharpen a child's cognitive ability. In their study, published in the Journal Of Physical Activity & Health last month, elementary and middle school children who participated in 45 minutes of daily physical education were shown to have significantly greater improvements on cognitive tests than children who did not participate. The kids who exercised more also outperformed their peers on fitness and body composition tests. A similar study from Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University, found that students who engaged in recess programs called Playworks were not only less likely to bully their peers but took 27 percent less time to transition from recess to classroom learning than those who didn't participate. In addition, just last week, researchers from The University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga and some 16 countries around the world reported more than 5.3 million deaths might be avoided each year if all inactive people began exercising.source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
 Keep this in mind, a healthy body produces a healthy mind and a healthy mind produces a healthy spirit. So get up and get that body moving whether young or old. Health is Wealth.

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