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Physical Exercise Improves...

by Dr. Kim Selir on 09/18/2015

Category: Exercise

Academics? Mood? Self-Confidence? Memory? Concentration? Classroom Behavior?

               According to the book SPARK, John J. Ratey MD, shares close to home research regarding the benefits of physical exercise and the brain.

     “In Naperville, IL gym class has transformed the student body of nineteen thousand into perhaps the fittest in the nation.”

     “…only 3% overweight, versus the national average of 30%.”

     “The program has turned those students into some of the smartest in the nation.”

     In recent years, students in China, Japan and Singapore have out paced American kids. Naperville students took the Timms (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) they finished sixth in math and first in the world in science.

     “Physical education in Naperville School District 203 is teaching fitness instead of sports…instruct kids how to monitor and maintain their own health and fitness, then the lessons they learn will save them for life.”

     “At the end of the semester, they’ll show a 17% improvement in reading and comprehension.”

     California studies reveal... “physical activity has a positive influence in memory, concentration and classroom behavior.”


   Psychophysiologist, Charles Hillman, (the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana)… “The EEG showed more activity in fit kid’s brains, indicating that more neurons involved in attention were being recruited for a given task. “Better fitness equals better attention.”

     “Titusville, Pittsburgh…median income $25,000…since physical education was implemented in the school district“…standardized test scores have risen from below the state average to 17% above it in reading and 18% above it in math.” Psychosocial effects “not a single fist fight among the 550 junior high kids since 2000.”

     “One PE 4 Life School in the inner city reduced its disciplinary problem by 67%.”

     “Physical activity sparks biological changes that encourage brain cells to bind to one another.”

     “Exercise provides an unparalleled stimulus, creating an environment in which the brain is ready, willing and able to learn.”

So what does all that research mean? Go for a walk, ride a bike or dance like nobodys watching. Your brain and body will reward you with decreased stress, increased energy, inner peace, creativity and vitiality!

Your health affects everything you do and everyone you know.


Be well, Dr. Kim

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