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Thinking and moving: body-mind fitness

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It is in the act of moving that one learns to think. The complex integrative unit called the brain is the 'great' processor of all the neuronal messages that are generated in even the simplest movement of an infant.

Those muscle messages travel along the neural pathways, called synapses, and as the transmissions reach the brain, they stimulate that grey matter, engaging cells and chemistry. The active person builds their mind's complexity by the inputs from movement.

In progressive way, we each:

  • Move to learn
  • Learn to move
  • Learn to LEARN

From early eye movement, startle reflexes, being in motion while being carried, a little person builds their experiences with motion. The body-mind connectivity is an accumulative process. Each small action routes into and out of the central nervous system's main processor: the brain.

The vestibular system of the ear adds sensory information to the matrix that is accumulating in the brain. All the changes in positioning an infant passes through, just adds to the database that is growing within the head.

The joys of bathing, the massage times the simple workouts rendered by the first fitness trainers: the caregivers...begin that dynamic interaction between body and mind.

Try to look at your child and make certain the each day, in several ways, you are providing movement experiences and increasing motion exploration by either:

  • Gently, moving their limbs in a comfortable range of motion
  • Positioning them, safely in a location that will nurture their natural will to move
  • Providing simple physical activity that delivers progressively challenging yet developmentally appropriate motion

While moving, and sensing new relationships with surfaces, being held, suspension, changes in levels and velocities, you are enriching the matrix of the mind by moving the body.

Visit Kidskills for more ideas on training youngsters.

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