of the many benefits of exercise for ourselves and our children. New research
is uncovering an additional benefit to having a physically active child.
According to a study performed at the University of Illinois, children
who are more physically fit have a better memory than children who are not fit.
(The study focused on children between the ages of 9 and 10.) By using an MRI,
researchers measured the hippocampus, which is an area in the brain known for
memory and learning. The physically fit children had a larger hippocampus and
did better on tests relating to relational memory. For a more details on this
study, read – Children’s
Brain Development Is Linked to Physical Fitness, Research Finds.
It is important for parents to help keep their children healthy and active.
It’s definitely not always easy, but the benefits are well worth it. Here are a
few tips to help you get your children back in shape:
1. Be a good example. If you want your children to be active, then so
should you. Children learn more from example than just hearing your words.
2. Set a limit on television, internet, and video games. Have times
during the day where the whole family unplugs. Active games like Wi™ are fun
and can be good exercise but it shouldn’t replace a bike ride, nature walk or
the jungle gym at your local park.
3. Make exercise part of your regular family schedule. Schedule time
everyday for something active. Ask your child if they have any suggestions.
4. Keep it fun! If you don’t then your child will resent it.
Don’t wait. Get your children moving and they will benefit mentally,
emotionally, academically and of course physically. Visit Parenting for
more tips on how to be a good parent.