- Youth running ahead performed five to 10 percent faster in mental tests
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One study suggested that elementary school children who are fast runners also run with their schoolwork.
Researchers found that fitter primary school students had, on average, better reaction times in vision and reading activities and memory than those who were not as fit.
Scientists from Nottingham Trent University observed 104 students, aged nine to 11, as they began a series of cognitive task tasks immediately after exercise and after 45 minutes of rest.
they go away! Scientists have found that children who ran ahead during daily school exercises performed better in the classroom
Experts from Nottingham Trent University explored the impact of the Daily Mile – school-based physical activity – on children’s learning and memory.
This involves having students run or jog at their own pace, usually through a playing pitch or playground.
What is the ‘Daily Meal’ scheme?
Elaine Wylie, headmaster at St Ninian Primary School in Stirling, founded the Daily Mile to provide children with a simple, inexpensive way to incorporate exercise into their daily diets.
This involves having students walk outside the classroom for 15 minutes each day, jogging or running a mile on the playground several times.
Individual teachers decide when to incorporate the activity into the school day, which is done in addition to PE lessons and does not replace exercise during play.
Ms Wylie claims she has seen for the first time that the initiative improves children’s health and their concentration.
The Scottish government encourages schools to adopt the Daily Meal scheme, but has no plans to make it mandatory.
According to the Daily Mile Foundation, more than 2,265 UK schools take part in the initiative, which has also been taken up by 3,600 schools around the world.
They found that executive function — a set of mental skills that includes working memory, flexible thinking and self-control — tended to improve soon after exercise.
The kids were considered the fittest, defined in the study as those who ran the top of The Daily Mile as those who did better in the class.
These shorter endurance runners completed cognitive tasks five to 10 percent faster than their slower peers and with the same accuracy.
The researchers also found that the kids especially liked the self-paced nature, social aspect of the Daily Mile and the fact that it was outside.
The scientists said this suggests that exercise can be an effective and sustainable way to increase physical activity and subsequent fitness in children.
Lead researcher Dr Simon Cooper, associate professor in Exercise, Cognition and Health at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology, said: ‘Our work demonstrates the importance of regular opportunities for physical activity in schools, not just for health and wellbeing But also for the feeling. and academic achievement.’
The study is published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise.
This new research is the latest to uncover the benefits of The Daily Mile.
The scheme was set up in 2012 by a former headmaster.
According to the Daily Mile Foundation, 13,379 schools around the world are now participating in the program.
It is most popular in the UK with over 8,000 schools participating.
A study from the University of Stirling in 2018 found that children who attended schools that participated in the scheme were more likely to be students of a healthy weight.
Another study from the University of British Columbia in 2018 claimed that the Daily Meal plan for teenagers can help them beat depression.