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Researchers discovered that children who learned to count in lessons by jumping on the spot turned out to perform better on math tests

Students participating in physical exercises such as star jumps or running on site during school lessons & # 39; do better in tests & # 39;

  • Experts assessed the benefits of classroom activity in 42 existing trials
  • Children who learned to count by jumping in class performed better on tests
  • The results also showed that they were more focused and able to follow orders
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Children can do better at school if they practice during their math, English and natural science lessons, a study suggests.

Researchers assessed 42 studies that looked at the benefits of physical activity in the classroom for young people.

They discovered that children who learned to count in lessons by jumping on the spot turned out to perform better on math tests.

The results also showed that children who were active in the classroom were more focused and were better able to follow instructions.

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Researchers discovered that children who learned to count in lessons by jumping on the spot turned out to perform better on math tests

Researchers discovered that children who learned to count in lessons by jumping on the spot turned out to perform better on math tests

University College London researchers led the review, which also involved experts from the Netherlands, Australia and Singapore.

Principal investigator Dr. Emma Norris, based at the UCL, said: & Physical activity is good for children's health.

& # 39; And the greatest contribution of sitting time in children's lives is the seven or eight hours a day they spend in classrooms. & # 39;

She added: & # 39; Our study shows that physically active lessons are a useful addition to the curriculum.

& # 39; They can create a memorable learning experience that helps children learn more effectively. & # 39;

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Dr. co-author Tommy van Steen, from Leiden University, said the improvements came from & # 39; fairly simple physical exercises & # 39 ;.

He added: & # 39; Teachers can easily incorporate these physically active lessons into the existing curriculum to enhance students' learning experience. & # 39;

Typical activities are the use of motion to indicate whether a fact is true or false, or jump a certain number of times to answer a math question.

Data were obtained from nearly 13,000 children between the ages of three and 14. Scientists tested the young people and observed their attention.

Half of the studies reviewed in the British Journal of Sports Medicine were conducted in the US, as well as seven in Australia and five in the UK.

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The rest of the studies took place in China, Croatia, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.

In one of the surveys, eight and nine year olds ran on the spot to simulate travel around the world, between answering questions about different countries.

Experts concluded that the children, all from London, were more active and focused on the task than their peers in a control group.

The team of researchers, also led by Dr. Norris, noted how they better followed teachers' instructions.

Another of the assessed studies showed that children in primary education could also benefit from having physically active lessons.

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Two years later, young people who had three active lessons per week were better at spelling and mathematics than their peers.

The lessons include getting children to jump on site eight times to solve the multiplication sum two times four.

The Dutch scientists behind that study then calculated that the improvement was equivalent to four months of extra learning.

HOW MANY EXERCISE SHOULD YOU DO?

To stay healthy, adults from 19 to 64 must try to be active on a daily basis and must do the following:

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

Or:

  • 75 minutes of powerful aerobic activity such as running or a game of tennis every week and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)
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Or:

  • a mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity every week – for example 2 x 30 minutes of running plus 30 minutes of brisk walking equals 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

A good rule is that 1 minute vigorous activity offers the same health benefits as 2 minute moderate activity.

One way to do your recommended 150 minute weekly physical activity is to do 30 minutes on 5 days each week.

All adults must also sit for long periods with mild activity ending.

Source: NHS

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