Saturday, 18th November 2017
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Physical & Mental Exercise the optimum combination for developing children by Kathy Dancer of Mayfair Academy

Physical & Mental Exercise the optimum combination for developing children by Kathy Dancer of Mayfair Academy

Physical exercise not only delivers oxygen to the brain, it stimulates the brain and enhances learning

Not too long ago, futurists envisioned humans evolving giant thumbs in response to a push-button world. However, the real response to all our laboursaving and high-tech devices has been a sedentary, inactive society where fewer than one in four children manages to achieve at least half an hour a day of any type of physical activity.

On average a child will spend 4.8 hours per day in front of a computer, watching television or playing video games. It can be argued that this could encourage mental stimulation which in turn would improve brain function to actually protect against cognitive decline but then so does physical exercise.

A sedentary lifestyle devoid of any type of physical exercise represents a real health crisis which leads to a deteriorated vascular system and consequent decline in both physical and mental health. Physical exercise not only delivers oxygen to the brain, it stimulates the brain and enhances learning, it improves brain function and actually protects against cognitive decline and has also been acclaimed to cure a host of medical problems, from depression to memory loss, whilst preventing even more.


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Exercise is important in maintaining physical health but it is also important to keep the brain working at an optimum level. Biologically, exercise was once part of survival, in the form of hunting and gathering and historically, it was built into daily life, as regular hours of physical work. Some forms of exercise such as walking and running were once simply considered a form of transportation.

The brain improves with exercise much like the muscles do and the implications of this are that both adults and children need physical exercise every day in order for their brains to function well while learning. In a recent report, Brazilian researchers claim that their tests indicated that running and aerobic exercise led to neurogenesis, or nervous tissue growth, in areas of the brain responsible for memory and thinking and further tests have revealed that endurance exercise and weightlifting can improve brain function, which would dispel the myth that it is not possible to have both brains and brawn.

At Mayfair International Academy, the combination of physical and mental exercise is brought together in a unique and innovative approach to the curriculum with special benefits for sixth formers who can achieve a professional fitness instructor / personal trainer qualification alongside their A Level studies. For budding professional footballers, the Academy also offers a Football course combined with either A Levels or a VRQ in Fitness Instructing. At the time of writing, two Mayfair Academy student footballers are currently training at second division football clubs in the UK.

For further information regarding the above courses please contact info@mayfairacademy.com



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