A recent study, available in full here, shows that aerobic fitness in children leads to more white matter in the brain, potentially leading to better neural communication between areas of grey matter. Whilst this is a small study and it really only tells us about short-term results, it’s a really interesting find which indicates that exercise can directly improve performance in areas such as mathematics for children.
This seems a very well timed study given the increase of child obesity and studies showing that on average, children are doing less and less exercise. The conclusion to the article really sums this up, saying:
“Hopefully these findings will reinforce the importance of aerobic fitness during development and lead to additional physical activity opportunities in and out of the school environment.”
What better way of doing this than going for a run?