How exercise and healthy eating can help your child’s learning

How exercise and healthy eating can help your child’s learning

We often minimise learning to being quite simple - doing well at school. This means listening to teachers, doing homework on time, and behaving well. However, learning is much more complex than that, numerous variables can hinder or bolster your child’s ability to learn. Continuous exercise and healthy eating are amongst some of the most important, and sometimes the most ignored by parents. Yes, parents understand the health benefits of a good diet and exercise, but less often the educational ones.

Let’s start with exercise. Experts have found many connections between physical exercise and the brain and that these connections can improve learning on 3 different levels.

              • Improvement of mindset (attention, alertness, and motivation)
              • Encourages nerve cells to bind, improving information retention
              • Supports the creation and development of new nerve cells

To put it simply, physical exercise not only helps the brain’s readiness for learning, but also helps children to retain valuable information.

All parents recognise the importance of a good diet, particularly for growing children. But, it may have more positive impacts than you know. Healthy eating bolsters children’s learning too! Recent research studies suggest that poor nutrition negatively impacts academic performance. For example, a high saturated-fat and trans-fat diet inhibits memory, cognitive ability, and concentration. Poor eating habits can also indirectly impact learning through a greater number of school absences due to ill health and immune system depletion.

Learning is a multifaceted concept. So, its approach must also be multi-dimensional for the outcome to be as successful as possible. Participating in regular exercise and having a balanced diet are crucial for your child’s learning and development, not to mention their overall wellbeing of course!