Brain Balance and Movement
We are designed to move. Our brains are happier and more alive with electrical impulses as we move around.
It doesn’t really matter what form that movement takes.
Walking, jumping, swimming, skiing, yoga, basketball, running, skipping, playing tennis, diving into the oceans off cliffs, gymnastics, soccer, skate boarding, surfing, sledding, rolling down a hill, and so many other wonderful experiences we humans are capable of is vital for not only the development of our brains but for the lifetime maintenance of this amazing organ.
Sitting all day long with short breaks of movement is not what any child needs in or out of school. Restrictive water intake and limited bathroom breaks cause a number of not just physical issues for kids, but educational one also down the road. The most important of these is dehydration and the list of issues that come with that including lack of ability to focus or pay complete attention. Our brains wake up when we move around and our open to new information as the cells come alive with energy.
Computers have their place in our world and they are very valuable to our new world paradigm. BUT it has been proven that our brains and bodies are hard wired to move and be hydrated to stay balanced and to healthy.
There are so many programs that have wonderful, quick exercises that are fun for children and adults that help balance the brain and invigorate those who do them. Sharon Promislow has a number of wonderful examples in her books.