Fit students get better marks in French and Maths
Experts at the University of Geneva have been looking into the impact of
fitness on learning outcomes by observing 193 students, aged 8 to 12.
By studying both their grades and fitness levels, they found a
connection between improved cardiorespiratory fitness and getting better
grades in both maths and French.
The link – which was found to be indirect – suggests that educators
should put emphasis on activities that improve executive function and
cognitive flexibility when creating timetables.
Marc Yangüez, a researcher at the University of Geneva, said: “This is
our ability to inhibit intrusive or irrelevant behaviour or thoughts.
"The second is cognitive flexibility, which often called multitasking,
and refers to our ability to flexibly move between tasks or responses
based on task demands.
"Finally, the third is working memory, which is our ability to maintain
information in our minds and manipulate it."
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