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To Help Kids Learn, Make Time for Fitness

To help your kids excel in school this year, make sure their schedules include time for physical activity.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

 

Kids Physical FitnessIf you have kids heading back to school this week, you're probably busy sorting out schedules and logistics. Today's kids have schedules that make a corporate CEO's itinerary look breezy! But if you want to help your kids do well in their studies (and who doesn't?), be sure the day includes some sports or other regular physical activity. 

Physical activity gives the brain a short-term boost in cognitive power--another reason to advocate for keeping recess and Phys Ed as part of the school day. In addition, regular physical activity may actually affect the size and structure of the brain's white matter as well. Kids who are fitter perform better on standardized tests than their less fit peers. Not surprisingly, they also are less likely to be overweight. 

See also: 

How Exercise Jogs the Brain

How Nutrition Affects Your Brain

Ask the Diva: What Should I Pack in My Lunch?

How to Pack Good Lunches for Your Kids

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.