Peak performance by kids or let’s say anyone is the ability to do one’s best, in best of physical state. To get the best out of you one needs to be in the best state of physical & mental fitness. For this physical Activity is like a Medicine, according to SPARK author, John Ratey, MD. We know that exercise helps with executive functions like sequencing, memory, and prioritizing which contribute to necessary skills for success in school and life. Put simply, physical activity in school primes the brain for learning.
Physical activity produces endorphins (chemicals in the brain) that regulate mood, pleasure, and pain. An elevated mood can contribute to an “I can do it” attitude which goes a long way as students approach new tasks as challenges, not obstacles.
Physical Activity & Academics
activity has academic benefits as well. The California Department of Education
looked at students’ health fitness scores on the FITNESSGRAM and compared them
to the student scores on standardized testing in math and language arts. They
found that fit kids “scored twice as well on academic tests as those that were
students who play sports are more likely to become active teens who, in turn,
are more likely to be active adults. And being active, according to the World
Health Organization, is one of the most important ways to prevent heart
disease, stroke, diabetes and a range of other debilitating ailments.
Not only do
healthy people enjoy a higher quality of life, but the economy benefits from
costs savings and productivity gains associated with workplace wellness.
sports and intramurals have an important role in keeping children active at
Tips for Families to Support Healthy Active
- Set limits on time children and teens
spend in front of a screen (that includes television, computers, tablets, video
games, and smart phones). For children aged 2 to 5 years, limit total daily screen
time to under 1 hour. Screen time is not recommended for children under 2
- Playing organized sports (such as
being on a soccer or hockey team) isn’t enough to keep children and youth
healthy. Encourage your child or teen to be active every day, by walking or
cycling to a friend’s house, skipping rope, or playing in a neighbourhood park
- If you drive your children to school,
try walking instead, or organize a walking club with neighbours.
- Encourage your children to take the
stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.
- Get your child involved in activities
around the house: carrying the groceries, raking leaves, or shoveling snow.
- Make sure children and youth wear
protective equipment for activities like cycling, skating, skateboarding,
soccer, and other physical activities.
- Remember to be a good role model!
Physical training should begin as early as three months to enhance peak performance with age.