Cardiovascular Fitness


These concepts aid the brain in delivering fuel to the brain!
The brain does NOT store its own fuel or produce its own fuel. The brain relies on cardiovascular exercise to pump oxygenated blood to the brain giving it the oxygen and glucose needed for fuel. In fact, 20% of blood supply in the body is designated to the brain! In this way, the brain is dependant on the heart.  The better the heart works, the better the brain works.
  • Neurogenesis (new neurons) provides the brain more capacity to learn.
  • Exercise benefits the brain first and changes the brain at the molecular level.
  • Exercises that increase the heart rate and sustains the elevation put the brain and body back into balance and ready to learn!
  • Stimulation of the monoamine system (Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Serotonin) is dependent on exercise intensity. Cardiorespiratory exercise increases aerobic capacity more effectively than other forms of exercise....AND cardiorespiratory exercises are more effective at activating the BDNF signaling pathway.
  • Aerobic exercise is just as important for your brain as they are for your heart. Aerobic exercise reduces levels of our body's stress such as adrenaline and cortisol by releasing endorphins, (our body's natural painkillers) which elevates our mood and helps our body to rest and relax. 
  • Exercise helps the brain and the body go into a homeostatic state, balancing hormones, brain chemicals and system functions.
  • Neurogenesis provides the brain with a higher capacity to learn.
When students enter the classroom first thing in the morning their brain needs to be at an optimal state for learning. Aerobic exercises can help "reset" the brain to relieve any stress or anxiety a student might have encountered before coming to school. When a student is stressed out or their brain isn't concentrating on the lesson a teacher is teaching, chances are the student won't retain the information taught to them because their brain wasn't focused. An easy way to prepare the brain for learning are simple cardiovascular exercises. Some of the best times to incorporate a cardiovascular exercise are:
  • Before class begins to optimize the brain for learning.

  • When students are off task and need to refocus.

  • Before transitioning to a new lesson.

  • Before test taking.

  • When students are having a hard time remembering the information being taught to them.

By completing simple aerobic capacity exercises, the students are getting their heart rate up and feeding oxygen to their brain. Now students are balancing their mood and behavior, improving their memory, and organizing their brain to help with reading which helps with putting patterns into a sequence.




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