Gym for Students
Teachers have known quite a while that activities in the gym can help students academically; however, it was only in 2012 that researchers have proved it.
According to a study in 2012 by in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, physical activity does indeed help students academically. After reviewing more than 800 studies, researchers have concluded that students who hit the gym get higher grades and test scores compared to those who don’t.
However, researchers aren’t entirely sure why physically active students do better. One speculation is that physical activity increases the oxygen intake of the body and thus the level of oxygen to the brain is increased which stimulates learning. Others postulate that a trip to the gym gets ride of student’s extra energy so they could focus in class more.
Another study in 2009 by the American Heart Association showed that children who are active in the gym not only excel academically but also do well socially. A teen, in fact, learns how to be active in ways that are safe and healthy through physical activities. Furthermore, kids are less likely to use tobacco when they are physically active. It also helps combat depression, help them get better sleep and lessen anxiety. Kids should be subjected about 30 minutes of at least moderate physical activity in school every day according to the American Heart Association.
Physical activity does not only lead to academic excellence but also, most obviously, has health benefits such as reduced risk of diabetes, obesity hypertension and many more chronic illnesses.
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