Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and more studies and research are indicating that it’s also critical to success in the classroom. Whether it’s before or after school, getting your child’s blood pumping can positively impact their time spent in the classroom.
Activity and Frequency Are Key
One new study of two dozen Massachusetts elementary and middle schools found that running and playing for an hour before or after school improved both happiness and health, in addition to helping parents and school administrators out. While national guidelines suggest an hour or more of physical activity every day for kids, it’s estimated that less than 20% actually meet those guidelines. In other concerning news, it’s estimated that 17% of children as young as 2 are obese. In Baltimore, one third of high schoolers are obese or overweight. While plenty of different exercise and physical programs have been tried, it’s clear that any type of exercise before or after school is a hit.
Students who exercised three times a week almost universally improved their BMIs and fewer qualified as obese. The kids who participated also felt that they had better connections with their friends and school, and higher satisfaction with life. Students in the control group had the same or higher BMIs and no changes in their feelings of happiness or connection. While the study is relatively small, it’s clear that programs and places like those at MissionFit serve as opportunities to increase fitness, improve social connection and make children more excited to go to school.
Success in the Classroom
According to Head Start, children who have access to health care and physical activity have better attendance and are more engaged in the classroom. By staying active, particularly early in life, children develop motor skills that are critical to succeeding in reading, writing and math. As seen in the study, the bonds that are developed with peers and other children also help children to enjoy school more and increase social acceptance.
Get Moving with MissionFit
MissionFit is dedicated to strengthening Baltimore youth through classes and open gym time for youth to take control of their health. It’s our goal to encourage positive traits, like respect and teamwork, and provide children with a place to gain self-confidence and enjoy some exercise. To learn more about our classes or donate to support our mission, visit our website.
Want to Support? We’re making health a possibility and a priority for Baltimore’s youth. If you want to support, here’s three easy ways:
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