Exercising improves grades

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Who knew running around outside could “jog” your brain cells?

When it comes to school, report cards with straight As are enough to make any dedicated student break into a smile. Need a little extra boost to bring up your grades? According to British researchers, a sweaty workout might be the answer, especially for girls.

Scientists from the Universities of Strathclyde and Dundee analyzed data from over 5,000 kids who were part of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. Scientists analyzed the children’s academic performance in the fields of English, math, and science, while also keeping track of their physical activity. According to their findings, the kids who worked out more tended to get better grades in all three subjects!

This is especially true when it came to girls and their performance in science class. “This is an important finding, especially in light of the current UK and European Commission policy aimed at increasing the number of females in science subjects,” explained the authors of the study.

In other words, there seems to be a link between exercise and academic performance. For boys, every 17 minutes of activity a day was related to an increase in academic achievement. Meanwhile, girls saw an increase for every 12 minutes of exercise. According to a statement from the University of Strathclyde, if physical activity does improve school performance, then “this has implications for public health and education policy by providing schools and parents with a potentially important stake in meaningful and sustained increases in physical activity.”


Featured image courtesy of AJ Mangoba on Flickr. Image of running boy courtesy of OakleyOriginals on Flickr.