Exercise the body the key to academic success

What what is the secret to excel academically your child? To exercise.

Finally, the scientific community has confirmed that children who exercise excel academically. This may seem like nothing new is not news, but the detail is that the study was based on information recorded for years and now the medical community agrees.

The comprehensive study published by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and performed by an international group of researchers compared the physical activity with previous studies based on academic performance, and determined that one goes hand in hand with the other.

The study

To reach these conclusions, researchers analyzed 14 previous studies done on the subject, ie a total of some 844 publications, covering samples from 50 to 12.000 participants. All studies enrolled children ages 6 to 18 years old. Twelve of the 14 studies were conducted in the US, 1 in Canada and 1 in South Africa.

The results were striking because they showed that the more physical activity do children, have better academic performance. According to the researchers, sports generally have a positive effect on the physical health of your child and also decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, reduces the risk of diabetes, being obese, it helps in strengthening the system immune system, strengthens bones and muscles, facilitates sleep, allowing them to lose weight and improve your mood.


In addition to the intimate relationship established through the study between physical activity and optimal academic performance, the study also analyzes the relationship between exercise and how this improves brain function, mood and overall well-being in quality of life of children.

The hypothesis of the researchers of why exercise is beneficial cognitively cognitively is that

Physical education in schools

One of the interesting aspects of the study is to mention the reality of some of the schools in the US where in an effort to improve skills and academic performance of students, these have reduced the number of hours children exercise or play sports, including time spent at recess playing with others.

The truth is that experts recommend the opposite and your child benefits from every moment you can exercise your body.

In a report published on ABC in April 2010 on a special program of physical education implemented in high Naperville Central High School in Illinois, students not only participated in classes of morning physical education, but had access balls, stationary bikes and other exercise equipment all day. Academic results were incredible and to date, ABC quoted research conducted by Dr. Charles Hillman where the doctor showed that after 30 minutes of exercise on the treadmill, the students had improved by 10 percent when trying to solve mathematical problems .

“[Exercise] is good for concentration, it is good to speed up how fast an individual processes information and how they work in cognocitivas tasks,” said Hillman to date to ABC news.

Let’s move

Exercise not only can be achieved with so-called targeted, but the opposite sports. As a parent you can encourage your child to exercise with activities that seem small but have great benefits. Whether you go to the park to run and play with other children, to roll your bike to and from school, or even play hopscotch, jump rope account. If it’s winter and can not go running around the park, one of the most fun options is to music and dance, play ball or Switzerland. The idea is to exercise the body and mind. I recommend you read 5 Strategies for your child to achieve goals like an Olympic champion.

If your child associates exercise as something fun and positive in your life, you will want to always practice and the benefits are endless. Plan activities that are for the whole family even includes Dad dad and spend time in spending time with your children. A simple walk in the park not only renewed at all, but exercise their brains.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, ABC News, Medline Plus. Photo by: Umair Mohsin