It is a well known fact that exercise and physical activity have a positive impact on mental health, energy, and productivity. Do these benefits extend to academic performance and achievement? Should your student prioritize physical fitness?
The recommended minimum level of physical activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is 60 minutes per day. Most schools are able to facilitate this level of fitness through gym classes and extracurricular sports.
Studies continue to find that there is a positive correlation between physical fitness and academic performance. Students who exercise regularly experience heightened cognitive achievement and an improved attitude compared to peers who do not exercise regularly, or who do not exercise for the recommended amount of time. These students also exhibit better academic behaviors, measured by their organizational skills, improved attendance, and so on, in addition to improved academic achievement on tests and the grades earned.
The reason exercise boosts academics is that activity promotes the flow of oxygen to the brain, increases brain neurotransmitters, and increases neurotrophins that sustain the higher thinking and memory areas of the brain.
Your student is definitely advantaged by exercising regularly. Though the academic benefits are many, the effects on mental and physical health are equally important. Exercise is an important aspect of a balanced life.