A recent study of 70 kids aged 9-11, led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found that strong muscles in children correlates to better memory. Other studies found that aerobically fit children have better thinking ability, attention, memory, and academic performance.
Bottom line: Getting kids moving with strength-building and aerobic activities during their school years will lead to an overall better school experience. Kids don’t have to join a gym. Just make sure your child’s school has a playground with lots of equipment and that recess and gym classes are a regular part of the schedule. Set an example by doing active things together as a family. Taking after dinner walks, dancing to favorite songs, jumping rope, using a hula hoop, skipping and swimming. Try crab walks, wheelbarrow races, pillow case races, and soup can arm curls to build muscles.
Activity can be fun when parents set the tone and participate as well. The rewards are better health and a smarter brain!