It's weird to think that everyone's idea of the "jock" being less than brilliant could be just as fictitious as we all secretly believed it to be!
According to a new study, it looks like kids who are more physically fit are able to absorb more information and learn more things in school!
We'd say that's a win-win!
The study from the American College of Sports Medicine, found that fourth- and fifth-grade students who ran around and otherwise exercised vigorously for at least 10 minutes before a math test did muuuuuuch better than those who sat quietly before taking it!
Here's the super interesting part: the better the fitness, the higher the scores. Meaning, body size had almost NO role. Students who were overweight but relatively fit did way better than lighter, less-fit children!
What this means is this, according to the authors of the study:
“Reducing or eliminating physical education in schools, as is often done in tight financial times, may not be the best way to ensure educational success among our young people.”
Mix this with the news we got the other day about kids' obesity levels NOT rising, and we hope we're in for a super smart new generation!
That would be soooo fab!
[Image via AP Images.]
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