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The Positive Effects of Physical Activity on Grades

September 6, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Remember when you were 12 years old and you enjoyed being physically active?

Meantime, your parents and teachers wanted to make sure that you had every opportunity for a quality education.

In the past, it was thought that physical activity time, like recess, took away from academic success. Fortunately today, researchers and teachers know that active children tend to do better in school. So yes, playing tag, making snow forts and enjoying soccer games can all help in achieving good grades.Benefits of physical activity: 

  • better focus (attention) and behaviour in the classroom - teachers will love this :)
  • improved cognitive (mental) performance
  • increased blood and oxygen to the brain
  • improved verbal and math tests scores when participating in problem-solving games
  • improved mood and overall well-being 

This also applies to older kids. For example, being part of a high-school's sports team increased the chance of young women graduating from college by 41%! It seems there's a balance between work and active play.

If you're a parent, be aware that the Physical Activity Line can suggest ways to include physical activity around homework, school, and on weekends. PAL can also provide teachers with tips for fun and effective physical activity breaks during the school day.

Call PAL at 1-877-725-1149 for FREE advice.

All in all, there's a time and place for both the books and the skipping rope!


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