Aerobic means “with oxygen“. Aerobic exercises are exercises that increase the circulation of oxygen around the body. Aerobic exercises are such exercises that require oxygen. As oxygen is being used, more is also needed, so the circulation increases as you begin to breathe faster.

    It means that more oxygen is being pumped around the body (including the mind). With more oxygen comes better executive functioning, which motivates child development. Executive functioning is the ability to focus, plan, hold multiple things in the mind, such as instructions and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and effectively. 

    How does this change happen?

    “First, it seems to change where the brain directs its resources, from areas of the brain that are involved in worrying, for example, and toward areas that are more involved in coordination and focus,” said Bowling. “Secondly, aerobic exercise can change brain chemistry, and specifically the levels of certain neurotransmitters that might help improve an individual’s self-regulation. When mood and self-regulation — the ability to control behaviour — is improved, then children can function better in the classroom.”

    All of this can be improved by daily aerobic activity. 

    What should I do about it?

    Spend 10 – 20 minutes each day doing some sort of aerobic exercise – get creative with what you do. Get your heart pumping and bodies moving!!

    Its understandable that we’ve come to an era where everything is digitized, so it can be difficult getting your little ones up and about without causing a fuss.

    In this case, turn it into a fun game – learn to observe the things around you – collect one of every new leaf you see. Find a flower of every colour possible. Get creative with the outdoors.

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    Bowling, A., Slavet, J., Miller, D. P., Haneuse, S., Beardslee, W., & Davison, K. (2017). Cybercycling Effects on Classroom Behavior in Children With Behavioral Health Disorders: An RCT. Pediatrics, 139, e20161985.

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