Exercise Can Affect a Child’s Cognitive Skills

are not overweight or obese performed better on tests of mental skills, such as planning and paying attention, than their inactive counterparts. In the study, active children were defined as those who took part in organized activities, such as swimming, gymnastics, soccer, or dance for more than an hour a week. Study author Dr. Catherine Davis adds, “Activity made a difference even among normal-weight kids. That verifies that physical activity makes a difference in brain function.”
Pediatric Exercise Science, October 2015