Recent research indicates that sitting for extended periods of time does significant damage to human health that cannot be reversed by exercising later. Sitting for more than 6 hours a day significantly (20-40%) increases your chances of dying from cancer or other major diseases. It’s time to STAND UP for good health.
-American Cancer Society
A study by the Mayo Clinic links using stability balls as chairs to improvements in concentration as well as improved muscular strength and better posture.
Fourteen published studies over the past 50 years have investigated the link between overall participation in physical activity and academic performance. 11 of those studies (nearly 80%!) found that regular participation in physical activity is associated with improved academic performance.
Multiple studies have found physical fitness scores to be significantly AND positively linked to academic performance among children and teens. Students who are active and perform better on fitness test also perform better on math and English-language arts test. The better the fitness score, the better the test score.
Providing short physical activity breaks during the school day can not only increase physical activity and improve some measures of health, but also improve on-task behavior, reduce discipline issues, and improve cognitive performance!
-Achieve Living Research
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”
-John F. Kennedy
“Consistent exercise and certain types of specific exercises, can both temporarily and permanently affect the way your brain is able to focus, its ability to deal with stress and anxiety, and its ability to learn! … Exercise is like fertilizer for the brain … it’s so good, it’s like Miracle Gro®.”
-Dr. John Ratey, Harvard Brain Researcher
8 of 9 studies exploring physical activity that occurred in classrooms (separate from physical education and recess) reported positive associations between classroom-based physical activity and indicators of cognitive skills, attitudes, academics behavior, and academic achievement. NONE of the studies found a negative association.
Researchers at West Virginia University evaluated the fitness levels and standardized academic scores of 725 Grade 5 students and re-examined the results two years later when they were in Grade 7. The study concluded that academic performance dipped when the students’ fitness declined but academic performance increased when fitness improved.