Body Movement Supports Brain Function and Facilitates Learning

Movement is a central mission of the brain.  Specific types of movement combined with good nutrition increase neural connections and regulate neurotransmitters in the brain.  Neurotransmitters control stress, calm behavior and support eating and sleeping abilities.  Neurotransmitters are “the gas” that fuels the mechanics of the brain.  Physical activity also improves the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Gross motor skills are the first developmental milestones achieved by the infant.  New learning follows established motor development.  Sensations of movements (body and head) and gravity are vital to all areas of brain function and become the reference point from which all other information is processed.