Exercise might boost kids' academic abilities

Kids do better with books when they exercise

A new study suggests promoting physical activity among young school kids can end up improving their academic performance.

Over a three-week period, the children sat for three exam sessions of 50 minutes each. Before the first test they had all engaged in some form of physical exertion. Before the second test they had only engaged in academic exercises. And the third time they had participated in both physical and academic activity.

All the tests were structured to gauge concentration skills as well as the speed with which the kids responded and the quality of their answers. 

The children performed best following either physical activity or academic activity, but less well when both were combined before testing.

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