Exercise is promoted for its beneficial effects on children's physical health. Regular participation in exercise has been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, bone density, flexibility, balance and overall physical wellbeing in all age groups.
A growing body of literature indicates that exercise has a positive effect on mental health including health related quality of life, mental focus and improved mood states. Research shows participation in regular exercise is associated with improved brain function and cognition, improving academic performance. Dr. John Ratey, Harvard University.
Increasing exercise to improve students’ academic performance often leads to less teaching time for academic subjects such as mathematics and language. In a crowded curriculum academic learning is given more teaching minutes per week, at the expense of time of being physically active. A synopsis of research literature provides clear evidence of the positive longitudinal relationship between exercise and academic performance.
Exercise and Academic Performance
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