Boosting Learning–With Exercise!

When parents think of how to help kids become more successful in school, tutoring, homework monitoring, and extra help usually come to mind first. But a new study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that among the preteens they studied, those who were the most aerobically fit performed better on tests of learning and memory than those who were the least physical fit.

Seems that kids who need to run around outside, shoot hoops in the driveway, or bounce on trampolines after school before sitting down and starting in on their homework have the right idea. Parents should encourage sports and other aerobic activity not just for health reasons, but also to boost students’ learning and school performance.

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