We all know that exercise and physical activity are good for us. But, besides the physical benefits, did you know that it also can help decrease anxiety and improve our mood? And for kids, there’s an even smarter benefit. Exercise gives them a mental boost that lasts well into their later years. In the video below, child psychiatrist Laura Rocker, MD, discusses these four benefits of physical activity:
1. It improves physical health.
2. It improves mood and helps with mood disorders such as depression.
3. It helps decrease anxiety.
4. It improves memory, language skills, and ability to focus, reason and problem-solve.