The power of exercise in learning.


Exercise is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve concentration, motivation, memory, and mood. Research shows us that physical activity immediately boosts the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels—all of which affect focus and attention.

Not only does exercise help the brain get ready to learn but it actually makes retaining information easier!

Even better when we combine exercise with being outdoors which has been shown to calm a child, bring out their creativity, and lift their mood!

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to homeschool, and not be tied to a computer screen with Kellen.  

I have heard countless stories of kids and parents struggling this year.  I get it, I felt that same sense of frustration and despair last spring.  I was able to make a change and pull my son out of public school…but I know this isn’t possible for many parents. 

If you find yourself frustrated with current virtual learning, exercise may be your best bet.  Try getting your kids active before starting school each morning and again during their lunch break!  

Often just 5-10minutes will not only boost their mood, it will prime their brains for some learning and focus!

Here are a quick couple ideas for your kids…both old and young to get them moving and active!

Elementary aged kids:

Red light Green light

Simon Says

Freeze dance

What time is it Mr Fox 

Older kids:

The older kids will thrive with a quick workout! Join them…and mom/dad gets a workout in too!!  Keep movements simple; squats, pushups, sit ups, burpees, jumping Jacks, push ups.

-Pick 3-4, and do a 2min TABATA for each (20sec work, 10sec rest)

-Set a timer and pick 3-4 movements.  See how many rounds of 10reps of each movement you can get!

For more reading on the benefits of exercise and nature check out these articles.

https://www.wgu.edu/heyteach/article/exercise-and-brain-how-fitness-impacts-learning1801.html

https://activelivingresearch.org/sites/activelivingresearch.org/files/ALR_Brief_ActiveEducation_Jan2015.pdf

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