It’s no secret that regular exercise and physical activity are important for maintaining good health and well-being. Did you know that incorporating learning and movement can also have a range of cognitive and educational benefits? Here are just a few examples of how adding learning and movement can benefit your students.
Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills
Engaging in physical activity can also help to improve problem-solving skills. The production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that improve mood, is stimulated by exercise. When we feel good, we are more likely to approach challenges with a positive attitude and find creative solutions.
Improved Memory and Concentration
Research has shown that physical activity, such as movement, can improve memory function and increase concentration levels. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain. This can help to nourish and oxygenate brain cells, leading to better cognitive function. Learn more about how Physical Phonics can get your class up and moving.
Increased Motivation and Engagement
Do you ever have those students that don’t want to participate in class? Incorporating movement into learning activities, such as games and other active learning strategies, can help to make learning more enjoyable and interactive. This can increase motivation and engagement, particularly for students who may struggle with traditional classroom learning. Helping students be more motivated to learn, and have FUN in the classroom, is one of the main reasons we created Fluency & Fitness+.
Improved Social Skills
Movement and learning activities can also be a great way to improve social skills and foster teamwork. By working together to complete challenges and achieve goals, individuals can learn how to communicate and cooperate effectively with others. I loved using our Fluency Find It activities as a way to get students working together, while review essential skills.
Better Physical Health
In addition to the cognitive benefits, incorporating learning and movement can also have numerous physical benefits. Exercise can help to improve cardiovascular health, build strength and endurance, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. You may think this is a bit early for your students to worry about, but it’s a great way to get them thinking about exercising and staying healthy from an early age.
Incorporating learning and movement can have a wide range of benefits for individuals of all ages. Next time you’re looking for ways to boost your cognitive skills, consider adding Fluency & Fitness+ to your schedule for some movement-based learning activities to your routine.