Boost your children’s brain power by keeping them active

Recent research has shown that exercise before and during a child’s puberty could have a beneficial effect on their success in later life?

The results of a recent study by researchers in Denmark and Sweden suggests that the amount of physical activity undertaken to improve cardiorespiratory fitness in childhood is related to the structure and function of the developing brain.   Being active in childhood can therefore have a positive effect on a child’s future prospects and ambitions, as well as their outlook on exercise and health as a whole.

Professor Elwyn Firth of the University of Auckland, is quoted in The Guardian as saying

“If you look at children who begin intense exercise very early in life – for example, children whose parents get them involved in tennis or gymnastics – this induces a pattern of changes in the way their genes express themselves which stays with them for many years…There are big differences in their bone mass, density and mineral content compared to those who haven’t done that exercise. Even if the exercise ceases in adulthood, these differences persist for 10 years or more, especially if the exercise began before puberty”.

The NHS recommends at least 60 minutes of exercise per day for children aged five to eighteen, ranging in muscle strengthing, cardiovascular and bone conditioning activities.

At Edgbaston Priory Club, we offer children’s courses in tennis, squash, and swimming, created for different ages and abilities to keep your child active, engaged and challenged.

Benefits of Tennis and Squash

Not only is racquet sport a good cardiovascular work out for children, it also helps them to develop their muscle strength in the upper body (swinging a racket and hitting a ball) and lower body (changing direction and endurance).

Playing tennis and squash can help children improve their hand-to-eye co-ordination and motor skills. Keeping their eye on the ball and learning to hit with a racket keeps your child focused and engages the brain.

Tennis and squash are social games, so your child can develop their team building skills and learn to win and maybe, more importantly, lose with grace.

Benefits of Swimming

Swimming can be a relaxing and fun means of exercise for children; it provides cardiovascular exercise and helps to build muscles and stamina.

All exercise can improve a child’s mood and combat mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression.

We offer a wide range of courses in tennis, squash, and swimming.  View our Juniors Courses Booklet or our Swimming Programme.

If you have not booked your child on a course before and are unsure what is best suited to your child, contact our Courses Team, who will be happy to advise you on the right course for your child.