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01/26/2015
In a previous post, we here at The Tutoring Center in West Bloomfield offered some helpful study tips to give some general advice on how to help your child study effectively. Today, we’d like to let you know a few of the reasons that encouraging your child to get lots of exercise is amongst the best things you can do to give a boost to their academic performance, however counterintuitive this may sound.

It boosts brain development

Many studies have established the importance of physical activity for good brain growth and development. Exercise prompts the brain to produce a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor which stimulates growth of new brain cells and the formation of new neural pathways between various areas of the brain. This ‘neuroplasticity’ is the brain’s natural ability to adapt and change to meet new challenges, and formation of new paths allows quicker communication within the brain, increasing overall cognitive function.

It’s linked to higher test scores

Various studies have also identified a strong correlation between exercise and good test scores; children receiving the recommended hour of physical activity every day consistently outperformed their non-exercising peers on standardized tests. Additionally, it has been found that exercising a short time before taking a test can boost scores, possibly due to the increased oxygen flow to the brain as a result of aerobic activity.

It’s a brilliant mood-enhancer

Exercise encourages the brain to produce endorphins, natural mood enhancers, and regular physical activity has been shown to be very effective as a natural antidepressant. It’s also a fantastic way for your child to blow off steam or work through difficult emotions, offering a cathartic outlet for any anger or sadness they may be experiencing.

It can help increase confidence and self-esteem

Exercise is a superb confidence booster, helping your child to feel fit and strong and offering them opportunities to display their talents (especially if their exercise includes team sports). This confidence will likely translate into increased participation at discussions at school and make them more likely to ask lots of questions which will have a positive effect on their studies.

Good health is vital for a good life

The importance of exercise when it comes to leading a generally healthy life can’t be overstated. It contributes to healthy sleep and helps your child stay focused, able to concentrate, and at the top of their game mentally. If they don’t get enough physical activity, your child is likely to feel sluggish and tired, have trouble paying attention, and will even be more prone to sickness.

If you feel your child could benefit from a little extra support in any academic area, please don’t hesitate to contact The Tutoring Center. Our professional staff offer help with reading, grammar, math, and more. Call (248) 432-7288 to organize tutoring in West Bloomfield today.

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