"If exercise came in pill form, it would be plastered across the front page, hailed as the blockbuster drug of the century". Ratey and Hagerman
Schools have often implied a link between academic performance and physical activity. Every summer term, the debate rages as to whether playing summer sports enhances or impedes exam performance. Missing lessons for sports fixtures is one of the all-time leaders of intra colleague friction.
Given this, it is perhaps surprising that the abundant science is not leveraged to clarify the facts regarding the undisputed benefits of exercise to learning. Schools devote a significant amount of time to both physical activity and academic learning - and oddly little to the link between the two.
So, how does exercise benefit learning? The following are a few of those ways:
Firstly, in addition to priming...