Academic results improved through physical activity

In a study of 5000 UK children, researchers showed the more daily moderate to vigorous exercise at the age of 11 the better the academic performance in English, maths and science at the age of 15–16, after adjusting for other factors including socioeconomic status.

Every additional 17 minutes of exercise per day for boys, and 12 minutes per day for girls, at the age of 11 boosted marks in later exams.

The most striking effect was that longer duration of intense exercise while young seemed to improve girls’ attainment in science, the