Swimming is one of the best forms of physical activity. For kids, it provides a means of exercise while also being fun and enjoyable. What kid doesn’t love playing in the pool? Studies show that physical activity goes beyond just fitness and health benefits, it can also stimulate the brain and boost cognitive performance. Let’s look at the ways it accomplishes this:
A 1999 study by the Salk Institute showed that consistent aerobic exercise enables kids to be better at spatial learning tasks. It showed that:
- Exercises improves mood: Kids are better able to learn when they feel better and are in a good mood.
- Exercise boosts levels of neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This is a substance derived from the brain essential for the growth of brain cells.
- Exercise stimulates neurogenesis, the birth of new neurons.
- Exercise mobilizes the expression of genes that are believed to enhance brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to change its neural pathways).
What does this mean for kids? Kids who get regular exercise are more likely to:
- Be more focused and better able to pay attention.
- Less likely to have ADHD.
- Improved math skills and increased activity in the bilateral prefrontal cortex.
- Better performance on tests.
- Improved cognitive flexibility (ability to switch between tasks with speed and accuracy).
With all these great cognitive benefits that exercise can provide, why not have a swimming pool in your backyard? Having a swimming pool that is convenient and readily available provides the perfect opportunity to get kids outside and exercising. Plus, playing in the pool doesn’t even seem like exercise and will be easy to get your kids to do. Not to mention that a swimming pool is something even adults enjoy. Contact Leisure Pools today (www.leisurepools.com.au) and Get Swimming in Quality and Style.