Why Movement

Skill-focused movement increases learning capacities.

Teachers and parents have a responsibility to provide plentiful opportunities to engage in a diverse range of movement to strengthen the exercise habits of children.

The brain benefits from every movement experience. Neural pathways are opened and strengthened and repetition allows physical self-confidence to evolve.

In the early years a child’s brain begins to hardwire neural connections that affect mood and behavior, social skills, intelligence, memory, attention, the ability to cope with stress and the capacity for joy.

Most importantly, movement experiences in the early years lay the foundation for sound academic development in later years.

Gaining all round body coordination is no longer a natural occurrence!

In the past, children have naturally become coordinated because they used to move a lot and in many different ways through outdoor play, rough and tumble, outdoor sports with friends and walking from one place to another, but sadly such natural physical development is no longer occurring.

Children are driven everywhere no matter the age, or walked to daycare in pushchairs. Technology is the new way to pass time, both alone or with friends, no matter the age. This results in long periods of sedentary behaviour, laziness, obesity, poor self regulation and little social interaction and sadly resulting in even less quality time with loved ones.

Joyful encouragement is the key!

Inspiring children to move will become more and more challenging in the years to come. Parents and teachers have to be innovative in how to encourage children to move.

One has to suggest movement ideas with energy, joy and enthusiasm. Children respond to the energy they feel from the adult.

Moving together with children makes all the difference and children will be even more eager to participate. By moving together all will benefit physically, emotionally and socially.

The brain needs the body.
The body needs the brain.

The brain is absolutely dependent on the body to make and transport its fuel, oxygen and glucose, so that it can function properly and increase neural connections.

When muscles engage in movement the brain fertilizes itself with neurotrophic factor.

Moving in different ways makes the brain grow: neurogenesis.

Practicing movement regularly strengthens connections along existing neural pathways and develops whole new neural pathways: neuroplasticity.

Start moving early to move well for a lifetime.

The body awareness and confidence children gain from high-quality physical education before the age of ten sets them up to thrive mentally, physically and emotionally throughout their lives.

Through regular integration of movement skills during a school day or even when learning a complex sport like karate, the benefits are enormous. Learning to move well and with confidence is as important as learning how to read and write, in fact they go hand in hand and one compliments the other.

The MoovKids program is specifically designed to develop a child’s static and dynamic balance, spatial awareness, axial stability and locomotive and manipulative skills—all of which are critical for a child’s capacity to learn and to become coordinated, confident and strong.