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Benefits of Online Physical Activities During Quarantine

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online classes and homeschooling are the new normal in education. But how does physical activity fit into this new way of learning?  Usually, kids exercise during recess and lunch, as well as when they have P.E. at school.

Most of us are familiar with the physical benefits of activity and exercise.  Kids need physical activity to build strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and endurance. However, physical activity and exercise also fosters brain development, increases attention and focus, and boosts confidence - promoting health and wellness.  

When kids have been challenged with cognitive tasks that require lots of concentration and attentional control, individuals with higher aerobic fitness have performed with more accuracy, and sometimes faster reaction times, too (Moore et al 2013; Wu et al 2011; Voss et al 2011; Hillman et al 2005; Hillman et al 2009b; Raine et al 2016). When researchers tested the effects of short-term exercise on kids diagnosed with ADHD, they found that kids' aerobic activity resulted in greater response accuracy on attention tasks, as well as greater improvement on tests of reading comprehension and math. (Pontifex et al 2013).

With most of our country at a standstill and everyone quarantined, our kids are required to stay home instead of attending school. This means they are not experiencing physical education class or structured recess. These studies discuss the importance of immediate, short-term responses to exercise, and lend support to the idea that school recess periods -- breaks for play and physical activity -- can enhance attention for learning.

In addition to lacking access to kids' usual physical activity at school, the closure of schools combined with the work-from-home mandates has been increasing the amount of time children are sedentary, as well as increase the amount of screen-time. 

Karate For All’s mission is to empower our students to achieve their full potential both mentally and physically.  Our goal is to build strong minds, healthy bodies, good character, self-discipline, confidence, self-control.  Karate For All was founded by Wayne Centra, MOTR/L SWC, an occupational therapist with over 35 years of martial arts experience and a black belt degree.   As a martial arts instructor with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, he is trained to analyze and enhance movement, as well as address physical, emotional and sensory issues.  Karate For All is able to use an occupational therapy approach to analyze and enhance each individual student’s skills and abilities needed to be successful in their communities, such as knowledge of self-defense, strength and flexibility, attention span and focus, motor skills, as well as self-esteem and confidence.

What better way to keep you and your child mentally and physically strong during this Stay At Home time than to bring Karate For All into your home to not only learn self-defense, but also improve strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and endurance, as well as fosters brain development, increase attention and focus, and boost confidence, and develop discipline and self-control.  Physical activity is essential to keep your child active, social, and let them have some sense of normalcy in a very non-normal situation. Click Here for a free consultation!

 

References:

Hillman CH, Pontifex MB, Raine LB, Castelli DM, Hall EE, Kramer AF. 2009b. The effect of acute treadmill walking on cognitive control and academic achievement in preadolescent children. Neuroscience. 159(3):1044-54.

Hillman CH, Castelli DM, and Buck SM. 2005. Aerobic fitness and neurocognitive function in healthy preadolescent children. Medicine and science in sports and exercise 37(11): 1967-1974.

Moore RD, Wu CT, Pontifex MB, O'Leary KC, Scudder MR, Raine LB, Johnson CR, and Hillman CH. 2013. Aerobic fitness and intra-individual variability of neurocognition in preadolescent children. Brain Cogn. 82(1):43-57.

Pontifex MB, Saliba BJ, Raine LB, et al. Exercise improves behavioral, neurocognitive, and scholastic performance in children with ADHD. J Pediatr. 2013;162:543-551.

Raine LB, Scudder MR, Saliba BJ, Kramer AF, and Hillman C. 2016. Aerobic Fitness and Context Processing in Preadolescent Children. J Phys Act Health.13(1):94-101.

Raine LB, Scudder MR, Saliba BJ, Kramer AF, and Hillman C. 2016. Aerobic Fitness and Context Processing in Preadolescent Children. J Phys Act Health.13(1):94-101.

Voss MW, Chaddock L, Kim JS, Vanpatter M, Pontifex MB, Raine LB, Cohen NJ, Hillman CH, and Kramer AF. 2011. Aerobic fitness is associated with greater efficiency of the network underlying cognitive control in preadolescent children. Neuroscience 199:166-76.

Wu CT, Pontifex MB, Raine LB, Chaddock L, Voss MW, Kramer AF, Hillman CH. 2011. Aerobic fitness and response variability in preadolescent children performing a cognitive control task. Neuropsychology. 25(3):333-41.

 

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