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Moving our bodies to move our brain!

Posted on 11 July, 2019 at 6:05

It is no secret that exercise is good for the body. But physical movement is great for the brain as well.

During movement (exercise), the brain gets flooded with important nutrients and neurotrophins. Physical movement helps the brain form neural pathways which increases cognition, improve memory and help us to acquire knowledge faster.

Efficient brains have high levels of interconnectivity – so how do we get that higher interconnectivity? It is actually easy! All we have to do is MOVE!

AND there is added benefits to getting your children to move, as the whole family can get involved and build positive family interaction and relationships.

Movement activities that the whole family can enjoy include:

  • Fine motor movements - Doodling, colouring in and painting.
  • I fill spray water bottles with different colour water based paint and cover one of my garden walls with old cardboard boxes or scrap paper and we have lots of fun spray painting. And they can do this from as young as 1 year old (might need to help them pull the trigger on the spray bottle though)
  • Drawing on the pavement with black board chalk is fun …. And washing off is easy and fun as well.
  • Gross motor movements - sitting on yoga balls – who can stay on the longest?, moving up and around chairs – playing musical chairs
  • Body movements including kicking and throwing balls, balancing games, hopping – old school hop-scotch, rolling – forward, side ways

Happy moving and enjoying quality time with the whole family.

Written by Colette Dekker, Counsellor (B.A. Hons Psych & Criminology, MA Forensic Mental Health)

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