Physical Activity

Exercise improves learning on 3 levels:

  1. It optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention, and motivation.

  2. It prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information.

  3. It spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus.

 

In short, not only does exercise help the brain get ready to learn, but it actually makes retaining information easier.

John Ratey, M.D.

Exercise can take a variety of forms:

  • Active recess

  • Fitness-based PE

  • Exercise Learning Centers (ELCs)

  • Activity Breaks

  • Sports

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