As a parent, this is so important to know. We don’t have our kids enrolled in organized sports at school yet, but we have our own running trail, acraege in the woods, and we force them to play outside every day. It’s good to know we’re not just caring for their bodies, but also the development and formation of strong minds.
“We know from previous work that higher fit children outperform lower fit children on tasks of attention, memory and school performance,” Chaddock-Heyman says. “Thus, it is possible that white matter structure is another pathway by which fitness relates to improved cognition.”
More physically fit children had stronger brain tissue linked to cognition.