Exercise helps kids in School

I used to tell my mom that recess was my favorite class in school, research is now showing that exercise plays a role in academic success. Everyone knows exercise improves kids’ health, but research shows it can also promote academic achievement.
A recent study has found that children who are physically fit have faster and more robust neuro-electrical brain responses while reading than kids who were less aerobically fit.Kids-exercising[1]
The researchers at University of Illinois found that children who are more fit had better language skills than their less-fit peers. These language skills were linked to brain synapses that fired with more strength and faster speed.   Research has found exercise helps kids learn better.
Another study published in The Journal of Pediatrics matched nearly 12,000 Nebraska students’ timed runs and BMIs against their standardized test scores. The researchers found that higher levels of aerobic fitness corresponded with better academic performance. Interestingly, a child’s weight or BMI didn’t matter—it was their level of physical fitness that corresponded to the better scores.
These aren’t the first indications of the amazing ways exercise aids our brains. Over and over, studies have found even light exercise increases memory, mood, and ability to perform well on tests.
However, since No Child Left Behind was implemented in 2001, nearly half of all schools have cut significant time from physical education classes to make more room for reading and math instruction, according a report from Institute of Medicine. The PE cuts and reduced recess times have only compounded the childhood obesity epidemic that has brought the country to a tipping point—one in three kids is overweight and one in six is obese.
More research is needed to identify the specific brain mechanisms that improve cognition in children who are more fit. That said, these new findings add to a growing body of research that finds a strong connection between aerobic fitness, brain power, and improved cognitive function throughout a lifespan.