Benefits Playing Outside

Benefits Playing Outside
Benefits Playing Outside
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Confrontations of differences in the education of children sometimes take place in family gatherings. Brothers, uncles, grandparents … everyone has an opinion, although in the end they are forced to accept that of the child's parents.

Recently, I saw two sisters arguing about the meaning of limiting the television and electronic games that children are allowed. The supporter with less control told the one who was inclined to regulate TV: “You watched all the programs you wanted and you have no problem. That does no harm.” The other sister replied that it was a different time, that before it was played more outside the house and the commercials were less aggressive and harmful.

Although I am inclined to offer less television to children, the reasons can be endless on both sides. However, I just read a story that would have served as a good argument for the sister who supports more control: More active children get better grades in school. Researchers at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam analyzed 14 studies conducted in various countries with more than 12,000 children between the ages of six and 18, and concluded that there is a relationship between exercise and children's academic performance.

The report, which appeared in the Archives of Pedicatrics and Adolescent Medicine, notes that physical exercises could increase blood and oxygen flow to the brain, thereby improving learning ability. Physical activity may also reduce stress and improve mood, which would be reflected in better classroom behavior. For reasons related to their health, it is recommended that children spend at least one hour a day on some type of physical activity, but this time could also serve to stimulate their intellectual development. An excellent pretext to separate them from any type of screen!

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