Happy Friday!

Goodmorning ! One of our classmates brought about a really interesting question from my last post.

“I think that a child that exercises for 15 minutes may be focused longer and less distracted that a child who exercised for 30-45 minutes due to fatigue.”

I am super excited to have some what of a response.

This article states, that even just 10 minutes of being active can help improve focus and concentration in children. I read several articles and nothing said exactly “this amount of exercise will make a child fatigue and unable to focus”. However, I have noticed a pattern when reading. A lot of the articles said that the exercise does not need to be strenuous and taxing. It can be as simple as walking or bouncing a ball and it will still have the same effect.

“a large randomised controlled trial in the US looked at the effects of daily after-school sports classes over a school year. The children, of course, got fitter. Less predictably, their executive control improved. They became more adept at ignoring distractions, multitasking, and holding and manipulating information in their minds.

And if that all sounds like hard work, you may not have to get out of breath to reap the attention-honing effects of exercise. Just 10 minutes of playful coordination skills, like bouncing two balls at the same time, improved the attention of a large group of German teenagers.”

I hope this helps answer some questions !

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/18/how-physical-exercise-makes-your-brain-work-better

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