Physical exercise enhances learning

The idea that exercise is good for not just the body but the brain as well seems to be gathering momentum in recent years, certainly in terms of research, and in some ways in the classroom too. This idea definitely has appeal, as physical exercise is something that can be easily implemented in school and has obvious benefits beyond cognitive development; and actually the science looks pretty promising. Exercise improves cognitive performance in adults…and mice The first empirical indications that physical exercise might have an impact on how the brain operates emerged in the 1970s and 80s, when researchers turned to exercise as a way to help prevent cognitive decline in old age, and support therapy for mentally ill patients[i]. The effects of exercise on cognition aren’t just seen in…


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