Bloomberg News reports on a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that found teens’ exam results were improved with regular exercise. According to the study, “the more children exercised at age 11, the better they did at school at English, math, and science, not only at 11, but also at 13 and at 15 to 16,” with increases seen “for every extra 17 minutes of exercise for boys and every 12 minutes for girls.” The researchers posit that 60 minutes of daily activity could increase student test scores by an entire grade.
HealthDay adds that the researchers noted the explanation could be biological, “with other researchers finding low levels of activity can adversely affect brain structure and function,” affecting intellectual performance. The findings of the study “have important implications for education policy, suggesting that school should value physical activity as a way to improve classroom performance,” according to the study.
BBC News notes the study found “physical activity particularly benefited girls’ performance at science.” According to the researchers, “this could be a chance finding or reflect gender differences in the impact of physical activity on the brain.”
In a related piece, the Washington Post reports on a number of recent reports and studies in the US “support[ing] the link between physical fitness and test scores.” California, Nebraska, Georgia, and Kansas are some of the states used for the various studies detailed in the piece.