This past year I was a nanny to three very active children. I often had difficulty getting them to sit down and do their homework; because let’s be real, what child who just spent eight hours in school wants to come home and do more work?
What fascinated me about these children was that they loved to play outside and run around. Anything that got them moving was something they were interested in. This came to my pleasant surprise because I thought that children these days just sat on their iPhones and iPads all day. However, these children showed me that exercise as a child is necessary — not only to keep them healthy, but to keep them sane.
After thinking about my experience, I started thinking more in depth about how exercise can affect children. I’ve always wondered if there was a correlation between the amount of activity a person performs during the day and their intelligence. And this article says yes. In this article it talks about one incidence where children who exercised vigorously ten minutes before a math test scored higher than children who had not.
I think this topic is interesting because I always find myself much more energized after going to the gym and even sometimes more focussed on my school work. In some ways I understand why this could be and in others I don’t because after exercising I am exhausted physically. However, this could be the reason why children perform better on tests. They need a break because they are mentally exhausted but physically wired. It goes on in the article about how children who regularly exercise will perform better intellectually.