We're in the middle of a movement movement. Moving more helps make you more productive, sharpens your cognitive skills and improves your focus.
For example, a recent study found walking around for just five minutes every hour can help you be more productive at work. Other research has found that running is great for your brain. There are many of these types of studies that find the brain-boosting benefits of movement. It turns out that movement-based activities are great move for kids, too.
A New York Times piece titled "Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class" makes the case for movement in the classroom. Pulling from scientific research, anecdotal evidence from school administrators and insight from professors in the field, New York Times explains the benefits of school programs that promote movement in the classroom.
The conclusion is this: It's not so much about getting kids to exercise more or spend more time in physical education classes. Instead, it's about finding ways to incorporate movement into the classroom with short get-up-and-move breaks throughout the school day. Brief movement breaks -- just four or five minutes each -- can do the trick.
One expert cited in the article conducts research on how movement breaks affect classroom behavior. James F. Sallis is a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California and says activity can help kids' learning tremendously because it stimulates more blood cells in the brain. Sallis told New York Times the benefits of movement-based activities in the classroom include higher standardized test scores and better focus.
Plus, there's the undeniable fact that getting up and moving is more fun -- both for kids and adults. You don't need to be a neuroscientist to understand that sitting still at a desk all day is not the best way to absorb information.