More Reasons to Exercise and Plant a Garden
Three new studies show more benefits to exercise and home-grown food.
The Endocrine Society has compared active and sedentary children in stressful situations. The sedentary children had elevated levels of cortisol, a stress indicator, when put into the same stressful experiences as active children. Even though the interactions are not well understood, the researchers feel “These results suggest exercise promotes mental health by regulating the stress hormone response to stressors.”
The British Journal of Sports Medicine published results of multiple studies that correlated exercise with self-control. The correlation held not only for pre-adolescent children, but for adolescents and young adults. “This is particularly important for children and teens, because well developed higher brain functions are important for academic achievement and other aspect of daily life, say the authors.”
Schools that encourage children to grow “kitchen gardens” at home are getting an A+, according to a press release from Elsevier. Kids who watch their seeds develop at home are more likely to try new foods—healthier foods. The study reported a noticeable improvement in the nutritional level of school lunches from kids who participated.
These studies are healthful and encouraging. The more we can encourage people to get off the sofa and out into the world, to learn more about the value of fresh fruits and vegetables and exercise, the better we will all be – physically, mentally, and to some extent, even morally.