“Can movement be equated to learning? If you’re fit, are you smarter?” asks Dr. Jon Gary, a member of CrossFit Kids. According to Dr. Gary, CrossFit Kids gives us a unique opportunity to enhance a child’s brain development.
Gary cites studies that support a link between physical activity and cognitive development. Even with identical twins, IQ tracks with physical fitness, not genetic endowment.
“It’s not necessarily your genes but what you do with them in your environment that really matters,” he says.
According to Gary, ample evidence from the physiological/anatomical level and the molecular/biochemical level supports the statistics.
“If you exercise, you can actually grow new brain cells,” he says.
The part of the brain that grows new neurons is the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning.
Additional reading: Will CrossFit Make American Kids Smarter? by Lisa Bakshi, published Jan. 26, 2009.