Exercise is the catalyst to learning and high brain function. Kids need to move around and activate the brain but these days schools have kids sitting for ridiculously long periods of time causing an uptick in the diagnosis of ADD-ADHD.
Children get fidgety and stop paying attention when they have not had enough movement. 20 minutes a day of movement is not enough. Exercise directly correlates to the way our brain functions.
Movement is beneficial throughout a humans life. Lack of exercise and movement may lead to a lack of motivation and depression in adults.
These two Ted Talks explore the importance of movement and exercise in school children and adults, as well as the benefits to the brain, its affect on learning and its affect on behavior.
The Importance of Movement and Exercise
Run, Jump, Learn! How Exercise can Transform our Schools: John J. Ratey, MD
Wendy Suzuki – Exercise and the Brain