BUILDING BRAIN POWER

Here are some links to articles and research that connect exercise to improved cognitive function (ie better marks and higher academic achievement)!
Knowing about the research is one thing; taking positive action is another. I am hoping that some of my self-admitted sedentary students (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!) will engage in a reassessment of their current level of/lack of activity and increase their hours of weekly exercise in order to improve their academic performance and learning. Being sluggish, bleary-eyed, non-attentive and sleepy in English class because you were doing sedentary "activities" like hanging out on your computer or hand-held device for hours every night just isn't helping your learning.

Take small but significant steps first.
  • tell your parents it's for English homework/research and that you have to exercise 20 minutes just before doing your homework to see if your marks improve
  • walk to and from school with your friends
  • ideally, exercise in the morning
  • go for hikes in our woods with your friends
  • join a school team
  • on weekends, engage in sports
  • lift weights in the comfort of your room or at a gym
  • do yoga or pilates
  • dance
  • join a gym
  • get on a treadmill if you don't like getting rained on (listen to music while walking/running)
  • aim for 40 minutes of activity a day
  • use a heart monitor (there's an app for that!) and wear your heart monitor, which you check to maintain a heart rate of 160 to 190 beats a minute for 25-minute stretches at a time throughout the week.
  • get sweaty; don't worry about getting sweaty because that means you're alive. Just take a shower afterwards

There is simply too much research out there that indicates that you should be active for mental and physical health. It makes you learning ready. How can a UHillian ignore that? It'll improve your marks. How can a UHillian ignore that? It'll also alleviate stress and make you physically healthier. Don't ignore that.

SHORT AND SWEET EASY READS:
http://www.brainrules.net/exercise

A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

“There’s sort of no question about it now,” said Dr. John J. Ratey, a clinical associate
professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “The exercise itself doesn’t make you smarter, but it puts the brain of the learners in the optimal position for them to learn.” ...
"findings published...in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, show that children who got good marks on two measures of physical fitness—those that gauge aerobic fitness and body-mass index—tended also to have higher scores on state exams in reading and mathematics. That relationship also held true regardless of
children’s gender or socieconomic differences." (from "Exercise Seen as Priming Pump for Students' Academic Strides")

ACADEMIC RESEARCH:
Precis of //The Learning Brain//