Kids with Healthy Hearts and Lungs Do Better in School
A study conducted on 1,211 middle school students found a link between a healthy heart and lungs and higher test scores. Cardio-respiratory fitness was a unique factor found to have an impact on both boys’ and girls’ reading and math grades. The data, collected over a 5 month period, provided evidence that schools need to look to P.E. programs and other exercise opportunities as a means to boost students’ academic performance.
The findings also suggest that kids who do not get enough physical activity may have lower scores in these subjects and on achievement tests, simply because they are not getting enough fitness time at school and at home.