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Smart Moves for Your Brain continued...

Having trouble staying focused on homework? See how many times you can jump rope in five minutes. Movement like this may even help you memorize things. Call out your math facts with each jump. Then go back to your homework. You may find that taking a break helps you get your homework done faster!

Find something fun. Not into sports? That's OK. Pick activities you like. Just find something that gets your heart pumping harder than usual for at least 30 minutes, several times a week. That's only the length of one TV show. Maybe you can play tag, shovel the sidewalk, ride your bike, or take a gymnastics or dance class. These are great options for getting the brain juices flowing. What about playing video games? While games aren't the same as other exercise, playing games that make you get up and move are better than nothing. Just pick active games like tennis or skiing where you're really moving around.

Step it up! Scientists are studying kids' exercise to see if it helps them at school. Here's what they've found: Kids who exercise hard for at least 30 minutes on five or more days a week get better grades! Try things like running, cycling, or lap swimming. Sports like soccer, tennis, or basketball are great choices, too.

Get creative. So what if it's raining or snowing? Put on some music and dance around your room! Vacuum the whole house. Go up and down the stairs.

Exercise with others. For many kids, it's easier to exercise if you have company. Challenge your buddies to a ping-pong tournament, street hockey game, or shoot hoops. Join your parents on a hike to the creek. Bike to school with your neighborhood friends.

So what are you waiting for? Get moving!

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amita Shroff, MD on March 04, 2014
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