There is no doubt in my view that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. My belief is backed up by research that has shown:
- Children's reading scores were significantly boosted when they performed a short dance exercise every day for six months (a New Zealand context for this could be Jump Jam).
- Just five minutes jumping around at the beginning of the day results in improved concentration and more efficient learning of material.
- The hippocampus (the part of the brain associated with long term memory) of mice that had access to a running wheel had twice the number of brain cells compared to those of mice that didn't have access to this piece of exercise equipment.