A recent study has found a link between fitness and memory skills, as children with stronger muscles may have better working memory.
Scientists evaluated 79 children ages 9 to 11. They found that muscle fitness was directly related to having a more accurate memory. They also found a connection linking aerobic fitness to better overall academic performance and thinking skills.
“There are multiple ways children can derive benefit from exercise … to build healthy bodies as well as healthy minds,” said study co-author Charles Hillman, professor of psychology and health sciences at Northeastern University in Boston.
“We know that kids are becoming increasingly inactive, overweight and unfit,” Hillman said. “So, it’s important to take studies like these … to basically indicate the benefit of physical activity and the importance of it.”
According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, only one in three children in the USA is physically active every day. Children spend an average of 7.5 hours per day in front of a screen.