Thomas Jefferson said, “A strong body makes the mind strong.” It’s an impactful statement that resonates today, especially when it comes to the connection between brain and body. Research backs up that connection by making positive correlations between the amount of our daily movement and how well our brains work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adolescents should perform 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Without question, schools that offer more physical activity for students see increases in academic success. That means more than traditional gym classes which, incidentally, are rapidly being sacrificed across the country in an effort to save money.
A challenge toward adopting a smart and healthy lifestyle is that sedentary habits develop earlier and earlier in today’s technology driven world. It seems that too many activities compete for our children’s attention. What wins is often what keeps them stationary.
The question remains: How do we begin to develop healthy habits that will follow us into adulthood?
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