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Be active刊登日期: 2012.02.19
作者: Grace Tse
Our little boy loves bouncing on a trampoline and rolling in a large sand pit at the nursery. When he comes home from nursery, he is sandy from head to toe and needs a good bath. On the weekends, he likes riding on his scooter to the park near our house. Whenever he enjoys himself a lot, he says, “It’s fun, isn’t it?” Do you like doing exercise? What kind of exercise do you like most?
Exercising regularly not only helps to maintain a healthy life style but also improves learning. According to some international research, there is a strong link between physical activity and academic performance in children. This is because exercise helps cognition by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain. It can also reduce stress and improve mood, making children better behaved in the classroom.
Children who learn to participate in sport also learn social skills, cooperation and team spirit. They are more confident and able to concentrate better during lessons. Experts advised that children should be physically active for 60 to 90 minutes a day. How often do you do exercise?
As the Ancient Roman philosopher, Cicero, said, “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigour.” Exercise is good for our body and mind. Remember: Children who exercise often turn into adults who exercise.
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