Kids + Exercise = Better Grades?

According to a study published in the  British Journal of Sports Medicine, there is link between better performance scores in English, Math and Science and children who participate in daily vigorous exercise. The study evaluated nearly 5,000 11-year old students (specifically concentrating on intensity and duration of exercise) and discovered that the more intense the activity, the greater the impact on scores in all three subjects. Additionally, the link maintained at ages 13, 15, and 16. Researchers suggested that the findings could be explained by the fact that physical activity has positive impacts on brain structure and function, time on task in the classroom, and self-esteem.

What physical activities do you suggest children participate in? How do we educate our school systems to value and incorporate physical activity to improve academic performance?

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