Education > Is exercise the key to educational success?

Posted on July 4, 2016
Image concept by Denzel Quartey

Image concept by Denzel Quartey

Denzel Quartey reports on how being fit benefits you in more ways than you can imagine

Experts believe that young people who play sports or participate in physical activities during school hours won’t see their grades suffer. They say, just one hour or some form of exercise will encourage development in their brain and body.

Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, specialists have stated that if a young person does some type of physical activity it can increase their heart rate, which is said to be good for the brain and education.

The academics suggest, “A single session of moderate physical activity has an acute benefit to brain function, cognition and scholastic performance in children and youth.”

Exercise isn’t only good for the brain it also provides better sleep, combats health conditions, controls weight and improves your mood. Evidence shows that walking, organised sport and playing outdoors can be good for young people’s physical and mental development.

This will hopefully lead to better grades, but it can also have long-term effects as it can prevent chronic diseases in adulthood, such as diabetes, depression and arthritis.

A previous report by the Institute of Medicine recommended that young people should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity before or after school. This could help young people get through their exams.

What I think
I think more young people should know the benefits of exercise.

My teachers have always told me that I am a visual learner and that this technique is the best way for me to understand and revise topics. However, I also feel that adding exercise to my study routine would add some fun while I’m revising for my GCSE subjects, and would help me keep fit.

If we combined audio learning and exercise it might encourage young people to do more exercise. It would also circulate more blood to the brain, which would help young people to focus better on what they are listening to.

When I was in primary school, a whole day a week was dedicated to physical activities; everyone got involved. However, secondary schools don’t have a dedicated PE day. I strongly believe that schools should promote physical education classes and physical activity should be a core educational concern, helping young people to get better grades.

Denzel Quartey
Denzel is a creative young man who loves to tackle any problem that comes his way. He has a passion for filmmaking and animation, as well as writing unique scripts. Denzel hopes to stay in the media business for the rest of his life.


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4 Responses to Is exercise the key to educational success?

  1. Shakira July 13, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    Great article!

    My secondary school had PE as a lesson and sports day, so maybe its different per school

    However in 6th form we didn’t have PE (which I used to kind of dislike… However reading your article has changed my mind slightly.

  2. Daniel August 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    Very good use of evidence from Professors and the Institute of Medicine, really helped to further your point and what you were discussing in your article.

  3. Dominic February 28, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    Very Well said I learned some things I did not know


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