In recent years, research has found out that regular exercising enables a child’s brain to keep working at optimum capacity by causing the nerve cells to multiply faster and become stronger. The research was further extended and carried on animals which proved that their nerve cells release proteins known as neurotrophic factors.
These neurotrophic factors that are derived from the brain, further trigger numerous other chemicals that promote neural health which has a direct positive effect on brain functions. Exercises have multiple health benefits to the general health of the child some of which are:
- Provision of more blood and supply of oxygen to the brain of the child
- Exercises help to increase the production of nerve-protecting compounds and factors that trigger growth which helps to create new nerve cells and support synaptic plasticity.
- When a child exercises consistently, there is a vast improvement in the development of survival instincts and neurons that make the child alert to every situation.
Exercise helps to stimulate the brains plasticity by increasing the growth of new connections between the cells of the body in a wide array of significant cortical areas of the brain to grow neuronal connections.
Children who took part in an after-school exercise were examined by a team of researchers showed that they had an improved cognitive function according to the results of the tests conducted in the University of Illinois.
Physical activities are also suitable for a child, but it is also essential and advised that you imbibe in them the habit of consuming healthy diets and of course get the necessary and adequate amount of sleep that they need at their age. Engaging your children in physical activities will significantly enhance their cognitive thought process as well as getting them to perform better at school.
Physical activities can also mainly improve your child’s focus as it has been found that physically active kids tend to do a whole lot better when faced with logical problems like puzzles as compared to their counterparts which are not as active as they are.
Researchers also discovered that there were a lot of anatomical differences in these kid’s brains as compared to inactive children. The brain structures that are responsible for the formation of memories, emotions, regulation, and attention are found to be larger amongst children who got regular exercise than those that didn’t.
Kids who engage in sporty activities are taught to respect rules and accept decisions set by those in authorities, and they are taught how to recognise and relate with the older siblings and the coaches, referees and even their peers while they engage in these social events.
Learning is not only about hitting the books, so it is advised that you engage and teach your kids the importance and need to exercise regularly. Playing a sport requires a whole lot of discipline and dedication, which also means a lesser free time to spare. Due to this phenomenon, kids are less likely to take into bad habits like smoking. These kids also get exposed to more positive role models who assist them in broadening their horizons and making their life better.