Another Way that Exercise Benefits Children

Mar 03, 2011
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A study done on 171 school children aged 7 to 11, who were overweight showed that increasing their exercise also increased their math skills.

Dr. Catherine Davis, a clinical psychologist at Georgia Prevention Institute published a study in Health Psychology showing that “for children to reach their potential they need to be active”.

In the study children played hard. They jumped rope, played running games and exercised with hula hoops raising their heart rates to 79% of normal which is considered vigorous exercise. Without any tutoring or other help, the children in the study improved in their math skills as measured by standardized academic testing on the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement II. Reading skills did not improve during the course of this experiment.

It is thought that the aerobic activity engaged in by the children increased the growth factors so that the brain increases its blood flow and creates more connections between neurons. Similar studies among adults have also shown that exercise benefits the brain.

You can find more information at the source:

Medical College of Georgia (2011, February 11). Exercise helps overweight children think better, do better in math. ScienceDaily.

Author: Tanya