Physical Activity Directly Correlates With Brain Activity

I graduate in a year and I am beyond excited. Of course, I still have a lot to learn. In today's post, I wanted to talk about the impact of physical  activity as it relates to brain activity and cognitive function.

My schooling has continuously emphasized the fact that physical activity has an increased benefit in cognitive functions on the overwhelming majority of children (of course, I believe there are exceptional cases to this rule). The facts are that physical activity has a positive or null effect on children's cognition, generally speaking. While there have been publications that have shown negative effects, as far as I am aware there is much more evidence showing the positive effects.

In my class, we conducted our test in order to prove or disprove the theory. We were given a sort of "memory test" as I will call it. We were shown various objects on a projector and given a minute to view the screen, than the screen was turned blank. We were instructed to remember what images we saw out of 20 images. The "high score" if you will, was 17. We all then completed a popular "brain break" activity and afterward repeated the memory test. As we completed the memory test again, no learner was negatively influenced by this, although some students' results stayed the same.

As I should, It is my advice to further research this topic and to use caution in doing so. Here is the article that I viewed:

Erin K. Howie, Russell R. Pate,
Physical activity and academic achievement in children: A historical perspective,
Journal of Sport and Health Science,
Volume 1, Issue 3,
2012,
Pages 160-169,
ISSN 2095-2546,
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jshs.2012.09.003.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254612000737)

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