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Kids Who Exercise More Get Better Grades

A British study tracking the long-term health status of nearly 5,000 students indicates that regular daily exercise which is moderate to vigorous may improve scholastic performance, and the more intense the exercise, the better the results. The study, which tested the students at age 11, 13, 15 and 16 found consistently superior performance on English, math and science exams among serious exercisers, even when controlling for such elements as birth weight and socioeconomic status, the latter factor being especially significant, since this indicates that the link is not merely due to "high achievers" who are motivated to excel in both academics and recreational activity. Previous studies have found that inactivity in childhood can have a detrimental effect on intellectual skills.

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