Physical fitness can also improve children’s concentration in school, study finds


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A new study by researchers at the Technical University of Munich explored the importance for children of staying physically active. Their work showed that the most physically fit children also showed stronger concentration and academic abilities.

“Elementary students with good physical shape and good concentration skills are more likely to reach high school,” noted researcher Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz.

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For the study, the researchers analyzed data from more than 3,200 girls and 3,200 boys from the Berchtesgadener Land district in Bavaria. The children were aged 6 to 10 and took several different tests to measure their fitness, concentration and quality of life.

Researchers have learned that students’ physical fitness has a direct impact on their academic performance and overall quality of life. They found that children with the best physical shape also had the greatest concentration and were the most likely to be promoted to secondary schools.

The study showed that the opposite was also true. Children struggling with obesity also struggled to complete physical fitness assessments. They also had a harder time making friends at school and showed poorer health-related quality of life.

The researchers noted some differences between male and female students. While female students performed better than male students in concentration and overall quality of life, male students performed better on fitness assessments.

Because of the importance of physical activity for children’s physical health, mental health and academic abilities, researchers hope that more work will be done to encourage children to stay active and prioritize their fitness. physical.

“This means that it is all the more important to encourage children’s motor development at an early stage, as this can also have a positive impact on the development of mental fitness,” Oberhoffer-Fritz said. “Collaboration between parents, schools, communities and sports clubs is very important when it comes to creating a full and appropriate range of possibilities.”


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