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The Science of Exercise for Cognition

Physical activity can help students focus, boost positive attitudes and improve behavior.

Did you know that kids who are physically active get better grades?

Research shows that students who earn mostly A’s are almost twice as likely to get regular physical exercise than students who receive mostly D’s and F’s. Exercising is known to be good for the body, but Dr. John J. Ratey, MD, argues that for students in the classroom, exercising is far more important for brain development.

He describes the human brain as a flexible muscle, which works on a “use it or lose it” basis. Dr Ratey describes exercise as helping you to learn and a treatment for depression, attention deficit, hyper activity and anxiety. Dr. Rately demonstrates how students can increase their test scores by 10-15%, and help the lower ADD-ADHD behavioral problems and increase overall well-being of today’s students with exercise fitness included within their education programs.

Vigorous Exercise of 30-45 Min

Just how exercise remakes minds on a molecular level is not yet fully understood, but research cites that vigorous exercise of 30-45 min achieving max heart rate to 80% max, activates increases in something called brain-derived neurotropic factor, or B.D.N.F., a substance that strengthens axons and cells, fortifies the connections among neurons and sparks neurogenesis. Scientists have found that after workouts, most people display higher B.D.N.F. levels in their blood-streams. Simply stating that by incorporating fitness 40-45 min daily, students are more likely to achieve peak performance and optimum mental health.

Physical Activity Can Help Students Focus

Physical activity can help students focus, boost positive attitudes and improve behavior. Help your child be physically active, with running, biking or swimming for 60 min a day. Their grades will thank you!