- Among elementary school students, 40 minutes of daily exercise increased IQ by an average of nearly 4 points
- Among 2 groups of 9 & 10 year olds -one with higher levels of physical fitness than the other- revealed that fitter pupils had a 12 percent higher brain capacity
- Among 6th graders, the fittest students scored 30 percent higher than average students, and the less fit students scored 20 percent lower
- Among older students, those who play vigorous sports have a 20 percent improvement in Math, Science, English and Social Studies
- Fit 18-year-olds are more likely to go on to higher education and get full-time jobs
- Students who exercise before class improved test scores 17 percent, and those who worked out for 40 minutes improved an entire letter grade
Dr. Aric Sigman, psychologist and author said: “Physical activity is thought to help a child’s cognitive processing by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain. This increases levels of norepinephrine and endorphins to decrease stress and improve mood, and increases growth factors that help create new nerve cells and support the connections between brain cell synapses that are the basis of learning.”
The book “Spark: The Revolutionary New Study of Exercise and the Brain” by John J Ratey, says the evidence is incontrovertible: aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.
And it can certainly help on test day: If you want your child to do their personal best, suggest they run around the block and get their oxygen level and heart rate up before taking the test.
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