There is strong evidence that physical activity and good grades at school are directly connected. It’s a good idea to let kids go outside and just run around!
“The findings of one high-quality intervention study and one high-quality observational study suggest that being more physically active is positively related to improved academic performance in children,” the authors write.
The article suggests several reasons for such a link:
- Exercise improves blood and oxygen flow to the brain, improving cognition.
- Exercise boosts levels of endorphins and norepinephrine, decreasing stress and improving mood.
- Exercise helps to create new nerve cells and supports synaptic plasticity.