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How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
Research in neuroscience shows a solid link between aerobic exercise and cognitive clarity.
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8 Ways Exercise Can Help Your Child Do Better in School

8 Ways Exercise Can Help Your Child Do Better in School | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
In this blog post, I chronicle eight recent studies that show why exercise can help your child do better in school.
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Frequent Exercise Reduces Risks in Bullied Teens

Frequent Exercise Reduces Risks in Bullied Teens | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
A new study finds that exercise for four or more days per week may result in a 23 percent reduction in suicide ideation and attempts in bullied adolescents. Across the U.S., nearly 20 percent of students report being bullied on school property. The effects...
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Why young kids need less class time — and more play time — at school

Why young kids need less class time — and more play time — at school | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
For years, educators have tried different unsuccessful strategies – more testing, more instruction– to reverse these trends. The answer is not more class time. Here's why.
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Man shakes depression, anxiety in 3,000-mile walk to daughter in Lynnwood - HeraldNet.com

Man shakes depression, anxiety in 3,000-mile walk to daughter in Lynnwood - HeraldNet.com | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
LYNNWOOD - REI is known for its great return policy, and Rob Hammond proves it.He recently took a pair of khaki hiking pants he'd worn since......
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How Exactly Does Exercise Help Your Brain?

How Exactly Does Exercise Help Your Brain? | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
Well-trained muscles could be protecting the body from an imbalance of chemicals that lead to depression
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Long duration of stressful homework as a potential obesogenic factor in children: A QUALITY study - Michaud - 2015 - Obesity - Wiley Online Library

Long duration of stressful homework as a potential obesogenic factor in children: A QUALITY study - Michaud - 2015 - Obesity - Wiley Online Library | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
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Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals | University of Colorado Boulder

Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals | University of Colorado Boulder | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
Children who spend more time in less structured activities—from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo—are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.
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Schools With No Playgrounds Teach Kids Not to Play

Schools With No Playgrounds Teach Kids Not to Play | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
When we provide our children with no time or space to play, first graders play anyway. By third grade, in some places, they think they know better.
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Green Surroundings Linked to Higher Student Test Scores

Green Surroundings Linked to Higher Student Test Scores | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
New research on Massachusetts schoolchildren finds a tangible benefit to regular exposure to nature.
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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.
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Exercise Shown to Improve Kids’ Brain Function | Parent Toolkit News

Exercise Shown to Improve Kids’ Brain Function | Parent Toolkit News | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois found that children they studied who exercised regularly were more fit, had better attention skills and scored twice as high on intellectual tasks as a non-exercise group.
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A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed

A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
When I was about to turn 40, I started working out regularly after years of inactivity. As I sweated my way through cardio, weights, and dance classes, I noticed that exercise wasn’t just changing my body. It was also profoundly transforming my brain—for the better. The immediate effects of exercise on my mood and thought...
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Exercise is the Real Polypill

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Yet technological improvements over just ∼350 generations (agricultural followed by industrial and, most recently, digital revolution) have led to dramatic reductions in human PA levels (26, 475): ∼1/3 of adults worldwide are currently inactive, and the endemic inactivity trend starts in early life (166).

Physical inactivity in contemporary obesogenic environments initiates maladaptations that cause chronic disease and is becoming a major public health problem (36). In contrast, regular PA has a profound effect on the expression of a substantial proportion of our genome (474), which has been selected for optimizing aerobic metabolism to conserve energy in an environment of food scarcity (40, 41), resulting in numerous beneficial adaptations and decreased risk of chronic diseases, as discussed below."

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Always fidgeting? Well, you just might be doing yourself a world of good | Society | The Guardian

Always fidgeting? Well, you just might be doing yourself a world of good | Society | The Guardian | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
Study of 12,000 UK women found fidgeters could be protecting themselves against effects of sitting for long periods at work
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Cardiorespiratory fitness linked to thinner gray matter and better math skills in kids

Cardiorespiratory fitness linked to thinner gray matter and better math skills in kids | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
A new study reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner gray matter and do better on math tests than their 'lower-fit' peers.
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Walking for a Better Brain

Walking for a Better Brain | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
When a 70-year-old man walked the length of the United States in 1909, he sparked a conversation that ultimately changed medicine's ideas about the value of exercise in old age.
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Physical Education Takes a Hit: Schools' Emphasis on Testing Is Making Kids Sick

Physical Education Takes a Hit: Schools' Emphasis on Testing Is Making Kids Sick | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, 44 percent of school administrators admit that they've cut physical education or recess to focus on test prep.
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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
Students can better understand math and physics problems by acting them out. This type of embodied learning can help open up the mind to abstract concepts.
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Frontiers | Less-structured time in children's daily lives predicts self-directed executive functioning | Developmental Psychology

Executive functions in childhood predict important life outcomes. Thus, there is great interest in attempts to improve executive functions early in life. Many interventions are led by trained adult...
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Not completely related to movement, but unstructured free play among children is frequently spent being active.

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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Requiring students to sit for long periods of time handicaps their ability to learn.

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Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement - Kindle edition by Katy Bowman. Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement - Kindle edition by Katy Bowman. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement.
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I love how Katy can give you a radical different view by presenting information that afterward seems so simple and obvious.

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The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class

The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
A follow-up to the popular post titled 'Why so many kids can't sit still in school today.'
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Yes, unstructured free play, is the way to fix the problem!  Not structured exercise programs.

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Exercise Is ADHD Medication

Exercise Is ADHD Medication | Benefits of Movement | Scoop.it
Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance.
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The findings, according to University of Illinois professor Charles Hillman and colleagues, "demonstrate a causal effect of a physical program on executive control, and provide support for physical activity for improving childhood cognition and brain health." If it seems odd that this is something that still needs support, that's because it is odd, yes. Physical activity is clearly a high, high-yield investment for all kids, but especially those attentive or hyperactive. This brand of research is still published and written about as though it were a novel finding, in part because exercise programs for kids remain underfunded and underprioritized in many school curricula, even though exercise is clearly integral to maximizing the utility of time spent in class.

 

The study only lasted nine months, but when you're only seven years old, nine months is a long time to be sitting in class with a blue head.

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