Exercise boosts academic success of teenagers
In a study of about 5,000 teens, researchers from the Universities of Strathclyde and Dundee in the U.K. found links between intensive exercise and academic success.
The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found an increase in performance for every extra 17 minutes boys exercised, and 12 minutes for girls, and that physical activity particularly benefited girls’ performance in science.
The researchers found that children who exercised regularly not only did better academically at the age of 11 but also at 13, and in their exams at 16.
The scientists speculated that since every 15 minutes of exercise improved performance by an average of about a quarter of a grade, children who exercised 60 minutes every day could improve their academic performance by a full grade.