New research from Michigan State University found that fitter kids finish first in the classroom. The study looked at middle school kids and found that the kids who could do the most push-ups and run the fastest also scored the highest on standardized tests. The study, which was published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, is among the first to examine how academic performance relates to all aspects of physical fitness including body fat, muscular strength, flexibility and endurance.
Researchers looked at a full range of health-related fitness markers and found that the fittest kids got the highest test scores and best grades in four key subjects – regardless of gender.
The study’s findings suggest that it may be a mistake to cut back on physical education classes and recess.
Fitness sets your kids up for success now and in the future.