A new study finds that exercise for four or more days per week may result in a 23 percent reduction in suicide ideation and attempts in bullied adolescents. Across the U.S., nearly 20 percent of students report being bullied on school property. The effects...
Children who spend more time in less structured activities—from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo—are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.
Researchers at the University of Illinois found that children they studied who exercised regularly were more fit, had better attention skills and scored twice as high on intellectual tasks as a non-exercise group.
When I was about to turn 40, I started working out regularly after years of inactivity. As I sweated my way through cardio, weights, and dance classes, I noticed that exercise wasn’t just changing my body. It was also profoundly transforming my brain—for the better. The immediate effects of exercise on my mood and thought...
Yet technological improvements over just ∼350 generations (agricultural followed by industrial and, most recently, digital revolution) have led to dramatic reductions in human PA levels (26, 475): ∼1/3 of adults worldwide are currently inactive, and the endemic inactivity trend starts in early life (166).
Physical inactivity in contemporary obesogenic environments initiates maladaptations that cause chronic disease and is becoming a major public health problem (36). In contrast, regular PA has a profound effect on the expression of a substantial proportion of our genome (474), which has been selected for optimizing aerobic metabolism to conserve energy in an environment of food scarcity (40, 41), resulting in numerous beneficial adaptations and decreased risk of chronic diseases, as discussed below."
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Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance.
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The findings, according to University of Illinois professor Charles Hillman and colleagues, "demonstrate a causal effect of a physical program on executive control, and provide support for physical activity for improving childhood cognition and brain health." If it seems odd that this is something that still needs support, that's because it is odd, yes. Physical activity is clearly a high, high-yield investment for all kids, but especially those attentive or hyperactive. This brand of research is still published and written about as though it were a novel finding, in part because exercise programs for kids remain underfunded and underprioritized in many school curricula, even though exercise is clearly integral to maximizing the utility of time spent in class.
The study only lasted nine months, but when you're only seven years old, nine months is a long time to be sitting in class with a blue head.
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