IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN SCHOOL READINESS

  • Regular participation in physical activity not only has fitness benefits, but has academic performance benefits and can enhance attention and memory (see following images). These brain functions are the foundation for learning.
  • Long-term studies have demonstrated that increases in physical activity, were related to improved academic performance.
  • Even single sessions of physical activity have been associated with better scores on academic tests, improved concentration, and more efficient transfers of information from short- to long-term memory.
  • Children participating in physical activity are better able to stay focused and remain on task in the classroom, thus enhancing the learning experience.

Images and information gained from:Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance. Active Living Research- Research Brief. January 2015.

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