We all know exercise helps us physically. These are just a few physical benefits of exercise:
But, can exercise help our brains too?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the answer is a resounding YES!
The CDC defines academic performance in terms of the following three primary areas:
- Cognitive Skills and Attitudes (attention/concentration, memory, verbal ability)
- Academic Behaviors (conduct, attendance, time on task, homework completion)
- Academic Achievement (standardized test scores, grades)
Students who exercise exhibit the following traits, each of which falls into one of the three primary areas of academic performance listed above:
- improved attention and motivation
- quicker performance of simple tasks
- quicker response with greater accuracy to cognitive tasks
- better performance on standardized tests
- better working memories and problem-solving skills
- improved information processing, storage, retrieval, and organization
- improved planning and scheduling skills
- stronger reading and math skills