Academic Performance Increases With Exercise

Academic Performance Increases With Exercise

Academic Performance and Exercise

The new school year is underway! With it, there is the pressure to perform. How well you perform in school directly impacts the year’s success. It will also affect your future career possibilities.

How does this connect to health and fitness?

In all aspects! The research conducted shows that physical exercise directly impacts a student’s academic performance positively. When done daily, exercise can increase focus, learning, and grades.

Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. John Ratey book, Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, includes studies that when a student begins to exercise daily there is a drastic increase in their performance.

City Park Collegiate, an inner city school in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, was experiencing both behavior and academic issues. They decided to bring treadmills into the classrooms. When the students began to use them, their behavior and academic focus improved.

With the use of treadmills, the students had better concentration and their grades began to rise. It happened as quickly as just 4 months in Allison Cameron’s class. The percentage of increase was in between 27%-36%, and math levels were similarly increased 1. This increase came from only 20 minutes of physical activity each morning.

How Does Exercise Accomplish This?

Scientists are continuing to research this subject. When exercise is introduced, it creates a new pathway in the brain that helps learning. Exercise also appears to increase new brain cell growth, which is called Neurogenesis. Learning will take place on these new pathways built when the brain cell grow 2.

More schools then just City Park are seeing positive changes in academics and behaviors with exercise. Naperville Central High School, in west Chicago, is seeing increased academics in reading, math3 and science.

What Have We Learned?

Exercise needs to be implemented, if it has not already. The benefits of such activities are not only for the health, but academics as well. There are many ways to fit in a good workout. Exercising will help improve your study time, give it a try!

You can download our Exercising Increases Academic Performance article here.

The new school year is underway! With it, there is the pressure to perform. How well you perform in school directly impacts the year’s success. It will also affect your future career possibilities.

How does this connect to health and fitness?

In all aspects! The research conducted shows that physical exercise directly impacts a student’s academic performance positively. When done daily, exercise can increase focus, learning, and grades.

Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. John Ratey book, Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, includes studies that when a student begins to exercise daily there is a drastic increase in their performance.

City Park Collegiate, an inner city school in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, was experiencing both behavior and academic issues. They decided to bring treadmills into the classrooms. When the students began to use them, their behavior and academic focus improved.

With the use of treadmills, the students had better concentration and their grades began to rise. It happened as quickly as just 4 months in Allison Cameron’s class. The percentage of increase was in between 27%-36%, and math levels were similarly increased 1. This increase came from only 20 minutes of physical activity each morning.

How Does Exercise Accomplish This?

Scientists are continuing to research this subject. When exercise is introduced, it creates a new pathway in the brain that helps learning. Exercise also appears to increase new brain cell growth, which is called Neurogenesis. Learning will take place on these new pathways built when the brain cell grow 2.

More schools then just City Park are seeing positive changes in academics and behaviors with exercise. Naperville Central High School, in west Chicago, is seeing increased academics in reading, math3 and science.

What Have We Learned?

Exercise needs to be implemented, if it has not already. The benefits of such activities are not only for the health, but academics as well. There are many ways to fit in a good workout. Exercising will help improve your study time, give it a try!

You can download our article,Academic Performance Increases With Exercise 2016.

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