Yesterday I introduced you to 93 year old Charlotte, and talked about exercise for the over 65 crowd. But we all (should) know that exercise knows no age barriers, in terms of the benefits it provides. Earlier this month, I read an article about a study being done in “my town” at the charter middle school. It involves actually teaching math lessons while the kids simultaneously do 45 minutes of cardio. This 10-week study, sponsored by Florida State University will wee if learning while exercising results in better comprehension, better behavior and improved overall fitness.
Based on his own experience while in college, the charter school’s athletic director, Mike Higgins, decided to try this on some of his students and noticed that 2 minutes into the cardio he could see their steady breathing bringing them into focus. If the study proves that exercise improves academic behavior and overall health, Higgins hopes to open up kinetic learning labs across the country to tutor students outside of the classroom.
My guess is the study is going to be successful. So tell me why we have cut back and in many cases eliminated physical education from public schools? I know the easy answer is money and time, but walking, jogging, dancing, (and so many more) cost nothing…and if you are combining an activity with a lesson, there is no extra time to factor in. That said, I still believe phys ed (or call it what you want) should be a part of every student’s, every day. Personally, I am convinced the lack of it is the entire problem with our public school students not doing as well as they should and could be.
Movement, it does a body AND a brain good. Make sure to get some, today and every day!