Remind me again why they keep cutting phys ed in school?
New research finds that physical fitness can enhance learning and memory in children.
In their studies, investigators from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that aeorobic capacity or level of fitness was particularly linked to improvements in learning a challenging task.
The research is published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Lauren Raine and colleagues from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
For the study, 48 children aged nine to ten were asked to memorize names and locations on a fictitious map, either only by studying the information or being tested on the material as they studied.
Half the children were in the top 30 percent of their age group on a test measuring aerobic fitness, while the other half scored in the lowest 30 percent.
When asked to recollect the information studied, children who were fitter performed better than those who were not as fit.