School students who are active
and physically fit perform better in the classroom, states a new study,
which is published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.
first- of - its- kind study linking academic grades to physical fitness was
carried out by the researchers from the Michigan State University. They closely
examined the aspect of health-related fitness and how academic performance was
linked to all aspects of physical fitness - including muscular strength,
flexibility, endurance and body fat.
"Kids aren't really fit if
they're doing well in just one of those categories," says Dawn Coe, the lead
researcher of the study who conducted the research as a doctoral student in the
kinesiology department of MSU. She is now an assistant professor at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Coe and colleagues gathered
information for their data from 312 students studying between the sixth and eighth
grade in a West Michigan school. The children's fitness was gauged through an
established criteria of push-ups, shuttle runs and a range of other exercises.
These scores were compared with the students' academic performance in four core
classes conducted throughout the school year and their performance in a
The results showed the fittest
children were able to score the best grades regardless of gender. It did not
even matter if they had attained puberty or not.
Children these days,
are slaves to modern technology - they prefer to stay indoors with their video
games, computer and play stations. This trend as we know is making them couch
potatoes rendering them obese and physically unfit, besides predisposing them
to a multitude of health problems. The findings may be treated as an
admonishment to those who discourage children from taking part in physical
activities and encourage them to be more studious. Remember, all work and no
play makes Jack a very dull boy...!