How physical activity can boost learning
12 June 2020

How physical activity can boost learning

With the lockdown greatly eased and the prospect of going back to school very much a reality, how do we prepare our kids for the new school year? Yes, some have had remote learning sessions organised by their schools, and others have been taking part in other private online classes to get them academically prepared for the new school year.

But as they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So how has the ‘play’ side of things been? Probably really great for the children, as we know that is their favourite pastime.

 We all know that regular physical activity can help maintain a healthy body weight, build healthy bones, strengthen the muscles, heart, and lungs in all of us.

Without getting into the science of it, physical activity plays a crucial role in the development of the brain in supporting the essential mental functions. This in turn leads to improved motor skills (hand-eye coordination), improved thinking skills, better problem-solving techniques, improved learning, and focus.

When children play games such as ‘tag’ or take part in other types of physical activities, they don’t only cater to the physical side of things, but they also increase their smartness in the process. This is the case in all of us but studies show that this is more significant in children seeing as their brains are still developing. So that simple act of your child playing outside with his/her friends could help them do better in school tests and assignments, thereby leading to a great boost in their performance at school.


Physical activity is one of the most transformative things you can do for your brain. Before we begin to stress about how many of these ‘brain-boosting’ activities we now need to squeeze into our already over-packed day/week, these activities do not have to take that long. They can be done in short bursts and might be things we already do with our children. So, get your child outside as the weather becomes friendlier. Just remember to keep them safe!  

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