According to iNews, school pupils who take part in physical exercise like star jumping or running on the spot during lessons do better than their sedentary peers, research has found.
An analysis led by University College London of 42 studies from around the world found that including exercise in classes had a “significant effect on educational outcomes” during the lesson, as measured by tests or observing pupils’ attention to a given task.
In one of the studies, eight and nine-year-olds simulated travelling the world by running on the spot in between answering questions relating to different countries.The research team concluded that the children were more active and more focused on the task than peers in a control group, following teachers’ instructions more closely.
Researchers looked at data from 12,663 pupils aged between three and 14.
The findings could encourage more schools to weave exercise into lessons as a way of boosting their students’ activity levels.
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