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The Benefits of Keeping Your Child Physically Active

Monday, October 04, 2010


Most of us are aware 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.


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