A study recently presented at the American Psychological Association's (APA) 120th Annual Convention points to evidence that physical fitness is correlated with better academic performance. The study found that cardiorespiratory fitness had an impact on middle school boys' and girls' reading and math test scores.
It wasn't just physical fitness that impacted test scores either. The study also determined that social support was related to higher reading scores for boys.
As educators are well aware, students' academic performance is affected by all areas of children's lives, ranging from physical fitness to emotional well-being. Encouraging physical fitness is important in our schools, not only for the physical health of our children, but also for their academic performance
For more information, please visit the American Psychological Association's briefing here.