As any person from a home tuition agency or private tuition agency would tell you, one of the best ways for children to prosper academically is to exercise regularly. It may seem strange, but there are many benefits that can be gained mentally as well as physically.
School and study can be very stressful for children, and a lot of the time they keep this to themselves. So, by encouraging them to exercise or do physical activity, and with active exercise, the more a protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) is released into the brain. Essentially, this is the protein that encourages the brain cells to grow, to connect and communicate more effectively, and in the process, making new brain cells. Which occurs on the part of the brain that covers learning and memory skills. Another stressful time for kids can come about from worrying about their appearance. But help is at hand. Regardless of weight, size or gender, exercise can lift a child’s self-confidence. This is especially true when they are encouraged with a positive role model/s.
Tiredness and Fatigue
It maybe the day before a big test or exam, and the papers are on the table. The student’s books have been opened. Then what happens? Sometimes tiredness strikes, and the normal way to shake this is to have a drink. This may work, but there is a better solution, a bit of exercise. Doing 20 minutes of exercise can actually give more energy. Even a quick jog or a few pushups is all that is required. If the child does the 30 minutes per day recommended exercise, they will soon find that they have more energy rather than feeling tired. Exercise can also help to regulate sleeping patterns, and this is achieved because after exercise the brain releases the chemical dopamine. In general terms, this is the reward chemical, and is released by any form of pleasure. By exercising regularly, the body clock can get a reboot, which helps people get to sleep at the correct time. As well as this, while exercising, the body temperature raises, but when it drops back to the normal temperature it is a signal that it is time to sleep, so any exercise should be done at least 4 hours before a regular sleeping time.
Aerobic exercise that raises the heartbeat to a substantial level can lead straight to improved focus and concentration. Additionally, it has been found that 30 minutes of exercise has been shown increase memory and problem solving tends to improve. If the child is given the chance to have a break to do some physical activity, this exercise has been shown to improve concentration and attention skills. It has also been shown, a midday exercise session can boost productivity and creativity for up to two hours after, and with regular exercise, it can lead to a long-term productivity boost.
Not only does exercise lift moods, build self-confidence and improve sleeping patterns, it can help the brain retain more information and become more attentive. It is the primary function of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortices that are directly linked to planning, organization, and concentration. When children perform exercise of around 30 minutes per day, their chances of thought and memory retention can be greatly increased, and this is achieved by the areas in the brain that are stimulated by the exercise, and have been shown to grow over a long period. For the optimum memory retention, it has been concluded that major exercise should be undertaken after four hours of any studying. So, next time the private tuition agency helps to teach your child, or during study time at home, plan this with an exercise session in mind.
Whilst exercising, endorphins are released into the brain, and these not only help relieve stress, they are the feel-good factor that makes people feel happy. They give you a sense of well-being. The main chemical that is released is serotonin, which is the chemical messenger that is passed between the nerve cells. Recently, it was mentioned by a tutor from a home tuition agency, that before a test their students should do some exercise. Great results were achieved, and they found the students performed better than if they just sat down and attempted the test. Additionally, they had less worry about the coming questions and were much calmer with the whole situation.
Nat Lind is a home tutor specializing in a wide range of academic areas, including general core subjects, health and natural nutrition. She is currently guest blogging for https://smiletutor.sg/ who help students with their studies as a private tuition agency in Singapore. She hopes to give insight to lots of individuals in many areas and educational topics.