Researchers have found that physical activity has a positive impact on academic achievement and student behavior. Recent studies have demonstrated this connection, along with improvement in:
Integrating movement into classroom routines and lessons can contribute to:
The Case for Physical Activity and Physical Education (PE)
Everything that gets your body up and moving is physical activity. That includes dancing, walking, yoga, jumping. It can be during classroom fitness breaks, recess or physical education class. Physical education is a formal class that teaches the merits of physical activity and how to integrate it into one's life throughout the lifespan, through sports and exercise.
The National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily for school-aged children. Not every child receives daily PE class, so including time for physical activity is a necessity for all students. Physical activity can occur during:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. July 2010. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/pa-pe_paper.pdf