Movement Breaks for Better Learning

Research conducted over the past 25 years has clearly revealed the value that short, frequent “movement breaks” can have on learning and student health in general. Here’s what some of the research on this topic says:

The part of the brain that processes movement is the same part of the brain that processes learning (Middleton & Strick, 1994).People who exercise have far more cortical [brain] mass than those who don’t (Anderson, Eckburg, & Relucio, 2002).Standing can raise the heart rate (hence, blood flow) by as much as five to eight percent in just seconds (Krock & Hartung, 1992).Exercise improves classroom behavior and academic performance (Dwyer, Sallis, Blizzard, Lazarus, & Dean, 2001).Students who are engaged in daily physical education programs consistently show not just superior motor fitness, but better academic performance and a better attitude toward school than students who do not participate in daily P.E. (Donevan & Andrew, 1986).

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