Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)
Physical activity does a lot of wonderful things for your health, but did you know it's good for your brain, too? According to a new study, students who are physically fit score higher on tests as well.
In the study, students were asked to perform a test of aerobic fitness, and their results were compared against their scores on standardized math, reading, and language tests. Those students who performed better in the physical test also did better on the academic tests. According to one of the study's authors, "it's good to be both aerobically fit and to have a healthy body shape" to maintain a healthy brain.
If you think about it, sweating it out at the gym, meditating in a yoga session or even taking the pooch for a walk are all great ways to beat the boredom of studying (or other hard work) and 'take a breather'. It's relaxing, clears your mind, and allows you to get back in the game with a fresh mind, ready to learn. It's no surprise that a well-balanced lifestyle tends to lead to optimal performance in most people, and that too much of anything (including excess weight or even excessive exercising!) hampers performance in other areas of life.
Right now, the study's findings are only a correlation, however the authors note that if a 'cause and effect' relationship is found in further studies, "schools will have to reverse their recent disinvestment in physical education ostensibly for the purposes of boosting student achievement,".
Find out more about this study by reading the article called "Physically fit students do better academically too: study" from Reuters Health (Feb. 26, 2010)