Children who play sports, read books and eat healthy, including low-fat foods and less red meat and sausage, develop better thinking skills than others. This was reported by CNBC citing the results of a study by neurologists from the University of Eastern Finland, who were observing 504 children aged six to nine for two years.
“Improving the quality of nutrition, increasing the number of hours of exercise in sports classes and the duration of reading influenced the development of cognitive abilities,” the study says.
According to the National Institutes of Health, children who play sports often have higher self-esteem and are less likely to experience anxiety and depression than their peers. Team sports promote mental health because they combine physical activity with social development.
The study results also show that reading has a positive effect on children's mental health, their creativity and reasoning abilities.
To encourage your child to read more, do spots more and play less video games, try to avoid phrases like “because I said so,” recommends a cognitive speech-language pathologist Dr. Caroline Leaf. Instead, she advises trying to explain to them how team sports and reading will develop their brain abilities in the long term.
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