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Exercise and Math Skills

By Bryan Toporek — February 22, 2011 1 min read

A program of regular exercise helped previously sedentary, overweight children to perform better on goal-oriented tasks and improved their mathematics ability, according to a study from the Georgia Prevention Institute at Georgia Health Sciences University.

In the study, published this month in Health Psychology, 171 children ages 7 to 11 were assigned to separate groups. One group got 20 minutes of daily aerobic exercise in an after-school program, one group got 40 minutes a day of exercise, and another group got no exercise. The study found that the more exercise the students got, the more their brain activity increased in the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain associated with complex cognitive behaviors, moderating social behavior, and decisionmaking.

Results were measured after three months. Researchers are now testing the program for a whole school year.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 23, 2011 edition of Education Week as Exercise and Math Skills

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