BEACON TRANSCRIPT – New research shows that physical fitness could help increase the volume of grey matter in some brain regions in children. This could help improve their academic performance, among others. A study paper was published in the journal NeuroImage. The research team found that being fit is not only good for your health, but also for the academic performances as well.
Physical Fitness and its Various Benefits
To conduct this study, the team of researchers in charge of it examined and monitored 100 overweight children. In doing so, they observed that physical fitness is connected to a higher volume of grey matter in some regions of the brain. These regions are very important for visual, learning, and motor processes. The superior temporal gyrus and the inferior frontal gyrus are associated with reading and language processing.
Motor ability is linked to a higher grey matter volume in these regions of the brain. In contrast, muscular strength didn’t show any link with the grey matter volume in any of the regions of the brain. Irene Esteban-Cornejo, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Granada, mentioned that the grey matter volume in the subcortical and cortical regions which are influenced by physical fitness could improve a child’s academic performances.
Physical fitness can be modified with exercises that improve both the motor ability and the aerobic capacity. The diet is also important for a child that is still developing his or her brain skills. To help their kids develop, parents could try adding some of these foods to their diet.
- Walnuts: these foods have essential nutrients and are a great source of omega-3.
- Food rich in Vitamin C: This vitamin is linked to mental agility. Lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits are great for kids. Also, bell peppers and broccoli have a lot of this vitamin.
- Green vegetables: Try adding spinach, kale, and broccoli to their diets because they are full of iron Vitamin K, B9, and E.
- Whole grains: these are great for better focus and more energy.
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