Exercise Facilitates Cognitive Development
We were reminded by National Exercise with Your Child Week about the importance of exercise for cognitive development for both children and adults. An NIH-supported study reviewed the available research and concluded that there is ample evidence of the cognitive benefits of physical activity for children. Of course, exercise is good for cognition in both adults and children. The authors also conclude that the trend towards reducing or eliminating recess and structured physical activity in schools may actually be counterproductive.