It doesn’t take a lot of activity to get the brain fired up. Researchers have found moderate activity-like a brisk walk around the neighborhood-increases brain activity. This in turn, when your child goes to school, can translate into better test performance. Simply put, physical activity will help kids learn better. Take a look at this brain scan of a child sitting quietly for 20 minutes versus walking for 20 minutes. After the child walks for 20 minutes, his/her brain lights up with activity.
So if physical activity will help your child in the classroom, then as parents it is our job to find ways to get our kids active. The best way is to lead by example. We have come up with a list of active activities that you can do with the entire family.
Walk or ride your bike to school
- There is no better way to get active for class time then to walk or ride your bike to school. Walk or ride with your child if you are able to. This will give you time to talk with your kids and lead by example.
Make a weekend activity calendar
- Map out what kind of active activities you will do over the week and weekends. Display the calendar in a public area, like the kitchen or living room, and cross off the activities once they’re done. This will show the family what is coming up and what you have done.
Make family time active time
- Instead of watching TV after dinner, go for a bike ride or a walk around the neighborhood. Play a game of family basketball or other group sport.
Think outside the field
- Maybe your children don’t like traditional sports like football, basketball or soccer. Try alternative sports like rock climbing, hiking, swimming or martial arts. Find out what your children enjoy and stick with that.
Take advantage of your local parks
- Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville have beautiful parks. Make a family trip to the park and take advantage of these free, fun activities.