Running is one activity that is easy, free, and good for your kids’ brains. Studies show that the more physical activity kids get, the better they do academically. My kids like to time their laps around the neighborhood and a nearby track. They also like competition.
Exercise is great for our physical health, but it is also great for brain health and cognitive development:
- Increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain.
- Increased endorphins which decreases depression and lowers stress.
- Increased growth of brain cells, strengthening their interconnections, and protecting them from damage.
- Improves memory; kids who have a morning exercise routine score higher in reading and math.
- Helps overcome cravings…including digital cravings.
The next time your kids have ‘nothing to do’, hand them their running shoes and time them on a few laps around the block or around the track. It will help their focus, it will help their mood, and it will help their grades too!