A Study and Exercise Plan
Step 1 – Regular aerobic exercise
These findings would indicate to a parent that if the school is not providing regular 30 minute gym times at school, then it would be important to implement a regular aerobic exercise plan for their child at home. This would be the first and most important step.
Since parents and children have schedules that are busy, it would also be important to schedule this exercise time at a regular but manageable time. For example if dinner time was at 6:00 pm, a parent could schedule a 7:00 pm time slot for a 30 minute period of exercise.
If the child was involved in sports such as baseball, the parent would need to decide if this sport is one that has an active aerobic time for their child. Quite often, gym activities or sports in large groups involve a lot of time standing in line waiting for their turn. Therefore, some sports such as soccer or track would be a better choice for an aerobic workout than others.
Step 2 – Schedule Regular Homework and Exercise Time
The second step then after incorporating an effective aerobic workout at 7:00 pm, for example, would be to schedule a sit down time for homework in a calm setting. Your child will be alert, focused and more attentive, so they would be more likely to get their work or review of lessons done more effectively.
This workout would have to replace time spent on more passive activities such as watching TV and playing computer or video games. To change habits of parents and children already in a routine of relaxation after their work or school day, it would take initiative of all parties involved.
In some households, parents and children do not have a place to go to run, jog, dance or do aerobic activities. Some would have to schedule a time at a gym, pool, or exercise center to fit the activity in. Some parents do not have a study area or desk to work at for their child. They may have a bedroom or recreation room that they associate only with leisure. A change in habit would have to take place. This is why it would be useful to read the research findings on aerobic exercise and the brain, to convince people to change.
Another strategy would be to schedule an activity that a parent could do with their child. Together they could find an activity and a time to swim, run, jog, dance or play basketball. Some parents coach their children so this is how they work out together. Most however, find an activity for their child but not for themselves. It would be very motivating to the child if the parent were doing the activity also. Karate is one of those sports that both can take part in, at their level.