Researchers at Iowa State University have learned that when children are engaging in activities that require thinking and moving simultaneously, they are more likely to improve cognitive ability. Examples would include things like crab walking or skipping through an obstacle course while solving math problems
The results conclude that physical activity is a boost to elementary school students’ brains.
According to ISU kinesiology assistant professor Spyridoula Vazou, short bouts of skipping or jumping conbined with academic learning stimulates improvement in thinking ability.
“We always have the traditional perception that kids need to sit down to learn or they need to stand still to learn better and that is not accurate. So, as long as the intensity is moderate, they benefit during exercise and they benefit even more right after (the exercise) because they can absorb the information even better,” Vazou says.