With kids all over north Texas heading back to school, many parents are wondering how they can help their kids succeed. Encouraging good study habits and teaching time management skills are both important to academic success, but you may be surprised at one of the other proven ways to help your kids excel academically- roller skating!
To be fair, it’s not just roller skating. Exercise in general seems to help kids do better in school. According to the CDC,
“…physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance.”
When kids get enough exercise, they are more able to sit still and pay attention in class, leading to better grades.
How exercise improves cognition
Whether it’s roller skating, climbing the monkey bars, or playing dodge ball, exercise seems to have certain effects on brain function, including:
- More oxygen reaching the brain
- More neurotransmitters (the chemicals that transmit signals across synapses)
- More neurotrophins (proteins that maintain the wellbeing of neurons, the cells that transmit information in your brain.)
How to make physical activity fun
Due to budget cuts, many schools have had to cut their physical education funding, resulting in less physical activity for the students. In the absence of adequate PE classes and recess time, parents are having to step up and ensure their children stay active . So how can you get your kids to put down the remote and get some exercise? Make it fun!
Roller skating at InterSkate roller rink in Lewisville is a great way to get the whole family active and having fun together. There are many health benefits to roller skating, but more importantly (from your kids’ perspective, at least), a trip to the skating rink is simply exciting. Circling a beautiful maple floor under colorful lights with great music? Workouts just don’t get any better than that!