There was another research study today in a New York Times blog showing the specific connection between physical exercise and brain memory. The article focuses somewhat on the 'aging' brain, but the findings are good news for our young brains as well. When our kids work out and play active, physical games in the morning, they are uniquely ready for the academic day. Learning after we work out, and staying physically active in general does wonders for our brain development and retention.
For Upper Elementary and Middle School aged students, its fundamental. The changes we've observed after adding physical exercise routines to our mornings this year have been wonderful. Our students are more focused, less antsy and happier overall. The Spark program we love so much goes a step further in their approach to Physical Education and changes it from goals scored to heart rate achieved.