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02/9/2015
 The physical benefits of regular exercise are clear to see; if your child gets their recommended hour of physical activity every day they’ll be fitter, stronger, have healthier teeth and bones and more energy. There are a number of other benefits of exercise that are a little less self-evident, and it’s the positive impact on your child’s brain that The Tutoring Center in Milpitas would like to discuss today.

Physical activity prompt the increased production of a number of beneficial hormones and substances. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor causes the brain to grow new cells and stimulates the formation of neural pathways between different regions of the brain, meaning increased cognitive function in the long-run. This increased cognitive function has been demonstrated in a number of studies that show that children getting an hour or more of exercise per day demonstrate better memory function (including both memory creation and recall) and increased focus and attention.

It’s no surprise that better cognitive function overall leads to higher test scores, and children that regularly exercise consistently outperform those that don’t on standardized tests. Interestingly, a bout of physical exercise a short while before sitting a test is strongly linked to higher scores, perhaps because of a temporary boost to the blood supply to the brain.

Not all the mental benefits are directly linked to your child’s academic performance, of course, but affect their school life in their own way. Exercise has long been known to make you happier, stimulating the creation of mood-enhancing hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. In the long-term exercise has been shown to be a powerful natural antidepressant. It’s also a great confidence booster and can help develop self-esteem and positive self-image.

If your child is struggling in any academic area, don’t hesitate to contact The Tutoring Center for help. We offer Geniuses in Training academic programs specifically targeted at reading, math, grammar, and study skills, along with a host of other services. Call 408-263-5377 to learn more about how we can help.

Be sure to read our previous posts for more helpful guides on topics such as fostering creativity in your child.

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