Morning Exercise Associated with Happier and Healthier Brains in Youngsters


Children who engaged in greater physical activity first thing in the morning had better brain white matter architecture, according to a Spanish study of overweight kids. Compared to kids who had fewer morning activities, these kids also tended to be happier. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry published the study.

The rapid development of the body occurs during childhood. The brain‘s structure has undergone significant alterations as a result of this development. The white matter of the developing brain changes as the youngster grows. The brain’s communication network is made up of white matter, a tissue made of nerve fibres that enables information to be transmitted and different brain activities to be coordinated.

Previous studies have demonstrated that lifestyle elements including nutrition, sleep, and physical exercise might have an impact on how the white matter develops. Children who are more physically active typically have stronger indications of white matter structure, according to researchers.

Irene Esteban-Cornejo, the study’s lead author, and her coworkers intended to look into the relationship between morning activities (including active transportation to school, exercise before class, eating breakfast, and sound sleep) and the microstructure of white matter in the brain. They were particularly interested in investigating whether white matter features were related to children who were overweight or obese. Although earlier studies have connected morning activity patterns to different health outcomes, it was not apparent whether these connections also applied to brain anatomy.

110 overweight or obese kids from Granada, Spain who took part in the Active Brains Project run by the University of Granada were included in the study. 42 of the children, who ranged in age from 8 to 11, were female.

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