Scientific Studies Discover Types of Exercises Benefit Children’s Mental Abilities

Aerobic exercise: Based on the results of a study, both acute and chronic aerobic exercise are especially beneficial for enhancing the abilities of knowing and executing the links between thinking and actions for young children (aged 7 years and above). 

Coordinative physical activities (movement of two or more parts of the body simultaneously to achieve a specific goal, such as rope jumping, racquet sport):  According to an experimental study of students aged 13-16 years from an elite performance school, having coordinative physical activity for 10 minutes per day can enhance children’s concentration and attention abilities compared to normal school lessons. 

Acute exercise: Based on the findings of a study, the scores of memory tests of students aged 11-12 were enhanced after performing an acute bout of physical exercise (such as aerobic circuit training or team games used in the study).

Treadmill walking: Based on the finding of a study, an acute bout of moderate treadmill walking (in the study, “the exercise session consisted of 20 min of walking on a motor-driven treadmill at 60% of estimated maximum heart rate”) is beneficial for enhanced attention ability and academic performance of children aged 9-10 years who were assessed right after the physical activities.  

Created on December 05 2015 at 01: 12 AM

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1: "Effects of physical activity on children’s executive function: Contributions of experimental research on aerobic exercise," Developmental Review, 2010, by Best, J. R. . (Citations: 172).


1: "Acute coordinative exercise improves attentional performance in adolescents," Neuroscience letters, 2008, by Budde, H., Voelcker-Rehage, C., Pietraßyk-Kendziorra, S., Ribeiro, P., & Tidow, G. . (Citations: 209).


1: "Physical activity and mental performance in preadolescents: Effects of acute exercise on free-recall memory," Mental Health and Physical Activity, 2009, by Pesce, C., Crova, C., Cereatti, L., Casella, R., & Bellucci, M.. (Citations: 80).


1: "The effect of acute treadmill walking on cognitive control and academic achievement in preadolescent children," Neuroscience, 2009, by Hillman, C. H., Pontifex, M. B., Raine, L. B., Castelli, D. M., Hall, E. E., & Kramer, A. F.. (Citations: 368).

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