Teen Brains Need Exercise
Girls who walk or bike to school do better on tests, but the same isn't true of boys, reports Reuters. For the study, researchers from the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid analyzed test scores of 1,700 urban teens and asked them how they got to school. Girls in the study performed better on verbal and math tests if they got exercise on the way to school instead of riding, and the longer the commute, the better the score. The relationship between longer commutes and better scores existed regardless of how much other exercise was experienced other than the commute to school. Researchers aren't sure why walking or biking to school wasn't associated with higher test scores for boys.