It is a well-known fact that exercise does the body good, which is why parents should promote the importance of physical activity early on. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adolescents and young adults who receive plenty of exercise can help their bones, muscles and joints stay healthy, and keep their weight under control at the same time.
However, stronger bones and muscles are far from physical activity's only benefits, according to a new study from Michigan State University, which revealed that exercise could transform kids into better students. The research, which was published in the "Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness," linked pupils' physical state to their performance in the classroom and on standardized tests.
Of 312 middle school students, those who were considered to be in the best shape ended up receiving the best test scores and grades.
"Fit kids are more likely to be fit adults," said James Pivarnik, the study's co-author. "And now we see that fitness is tied to academic achievement. So hopefully the fitness and the success will both continue together."
If students' scores have been lagging of late, and they do not receive exercise on a regular basis, their parents may want to have them take an IQ test for kids to see if there is a connection between the two.