If your son or daughter has trouble sitting still in class, has difficulty focusing, or isn’t performing to his or her full potential, you might want to do one simple thing: increase their physical activity.
A recent review published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine shows a positive relationship between physical activity and improved academic performance. In fact, the studies reviewed consistently suggest kids who are more active demonstrate greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized academic tests than their less active counterparts.
Researchers theorize that physical activity enhances brain function and thinking skills by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain and triggering the release of endorphins. Although the evidence is compelling, a link confirming that fitness alone leads to better test scores in children is still needed – obviously many factors need to be isolated and weighted.
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