Exercise, Attitude and Intentions

There have been numerous studies that tell you that being active and getting a good amount of exercise will help you do better in school. Teachers and educators can tell you that letting kids go out and “get it out of their system” helps them to focus better later.

If you don’t get outside, you get antsy and hyper. Keeping it bottled up for hours isn’t good for the body and it isn’t good for the brain, either. Getting active gets oxygen flowing to the brain. The more oxygen to the brain, the faster things process and the faster the synapses will fire.

Exercise increases attention and boosts self-esteem, both of which contribute to better behavior in classrooms.

Research has shown that kids who are more physically active have better attendance records, higher grades and higher graduation rates.

Your body is meant to be moving, so the sooner you learn to move it, the longer you will be able to move it.

What can you do to be active and be moving? Even in bad weather, you can still do something, even if it’s indoors.

Indoor Activities:

  • Yoga/Pilates
  • Belly Dancing
  • Zumba
  • Make an obstacle course with pool noodles, blankets & chairs
  • Dance, Dance Revolution
  • Jumping Rope

Outdoor Activities:

  • Sledding
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Nature Hikes
  • Ice Skating (make sure the pond is COMPLETELY frozen!)

Just 20 minutes of vigorous activity – the kind that gets your heart rate up and out of breath – will get the oxygen pumping to the brain and the focus will be stronger.

Now that you know how exercise can help you, please thin about the following three questions and let me know in the comments what you think.

  1. What are three benefits of regular exercise?
  2. Can you think of three types of exercise that you enjoy?
  3. And also – what are three types of exercise you wouldn’t do for a million dollars!