Exercise and Brain Development

Samuel Tucker School Kids

Articles, videos and papers explaining the growing science about the impact of exercise on the brain.

The Strongest Argument Ever by Justin Schleider (2017)
Source: https://connectedpe.com/strongest-argument-ever/

Smart moves: Powering up the brain with physical activity by Marcus Conyers and Donna Wilson, Kappan’s Common Core Writing Project (Originally published in the May 2015 Phi Delta Kappan, 96 (8), 38-42.)
Source: http://www.kappancommoncore.org/smart-moves-powering-up-the-brain-with-physical-activity/

Research links physical activity in children to higher academic performances | Dr. Jennifer Ashton | ABC News Good Morning America (06/19/2017)


Losing Fat, Gaining Brainpower, on the Playground by Gretchen Reynolds New York Times Magazine (06/16/2017)
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/magazine/losing-fat-gaining-brain-power-on-the-playground.html

Want Smarter, Healthier Kids? Try Physical Education! | Paul Zientarski | TEDxBend (2015)

Learn more about Paul Zientarski and Naperville Central High School’s Learning Readiness Physical Education Program on their website http://www.learningreadinesspe.com/

MRI Brain Scans

Image Courtesy of : The Aspen Institute

Charles Hillman, Ph.D. – “The Relation of Childhood Fitness and Adiposity to Brain Health” (2013)


Getting a child who doesn’t enjoy exercise to be active by by Rachel DeHaven, Physical Activity Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (09/19/17)
Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/kids-families/how-can-i-get-my-child-who-doesnt-enjoy-exercise-to-be-active-20170920.html

Kids Learn More Effectively While Running, Jumping and Throwing The school of hard knocks. by Lauren Vinopal (07/03/17)
Source: https://www.fatherly.com/health-science/kids-run-jump-read-learn-way-faster/

The Myth of the Brain/Body Dichotomy by Rae Pica, CorwinConnect (05/24/17)
Source: http://corwin-connect.com/2017/05/myth-brainbody-dichotomy/

The consequences of forcing young kids to sit too long in class by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post (03/17/17)
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/03/17/the-consequences-of-forcing-young-kids-to-sit-too-long-in-class

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class by Donna De La Cruz, New York Times (03/21/17)
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/well/family/why-kids-shouldnt-sit-still-in-class.html

Active lessons can boost children’s learning and health, The Conversation (03/03/17)
Source: http://theconversation.com/active-lessons-can-boost-childrens-learning-and-health-72240

Fitness can Boost Memory and Learning in Children by Amy Platt, KidsFitMatters.com (10/20/16)
Source: http://www.kidsfitmatters.com/fitness-can-boost-memory-learning-children/

#80 Fit Kids Learn Better with Paul Zientarski by Global PhysEd Voxcast (11/27/2016) [Podcast]
Source: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/voxcast/episodes/2016-11-27T17_43_28-08_00

One Question: What happens to your brain when you exercise? – New York University (11/2016) [Video]
Source: https://youtu.be/Wq8aAIWzGSg

Exercise might be more than good for your brain — it could make you more creative as well – Business Insider (11/2016)
Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/exercise-benefits-brain-creativity-stress-2016-11

Program in Springdale (Arkansas) adds exercise to academics ArkansasOnline (10/25/2016)
Source: http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/oct/25/program-springdale-adds-exercise-academics/

Research Shows New Neurons Created through Exercise Don’t Cause You to Forget Old Memories EurekaAlert! American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2016)
Source: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/tau-rsn080316.php

To do Better in School, Kids Should Exercise their Bodies as well as their Brains, Experts Say Los Angeles Times (2016)
Source: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-exercise-kids-school-20160627-snap-story.html

Intense Exercise during School Day can Sharpen Pupil Minds, Study Shows MedicalXpress (2016)
Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-07-intense-school-day-sharpen-pupil.html

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory NPR (2016)
Source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/06/23/483245084/a-protein-that-moves-from-muscle-to-brain-may-tie-exercise-to-memory

How Physical Exercise Makes Your Brain Work Better The Guardian (2016)
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/18/how-physical-exercise-makes-your-brain-work-better

Can Exercise Really Make you Grow New Brain Cells? Fast Company (2016) Access it here.
Jane Porter’s article in Fast Company explains how the hippocampus region of the brain benefits from exercise directly affecting our ability to form and retain new long-term memories.

Certain Types of Exercise Create more Brain Cells than Others Journal of Physiology (2016)
There’s no doubt that exercise is good for your brain, but which type stimulates the brain to grow more brain cells? Dr. Maria Fermoile is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Alliance Rehabilitation in Fresno.
She interprets a new study published in the February 2016 Journal of Physiology by a university in Finland that compares moderate running, high-intensity running, and weight-lifting. Read about the results here.
Published March 15, 2016 in The Hanford Sentinel newspaper.

American University Shows DC’s Emphasis on Exercise Yields Higher Math Scores (02/09/2016)
In 2010, the Healthy Schools Act was passed in Washington, DC, requiring public and private charter schools to increase the amount of exercise students participated in during the school week. The results show how exercise improves learning. Perry Stein of the Washington Post’s Education section writes about it here.

Kids Need Movement To Learn – Center for Active Design – (2015)
Source: https://centerforactivedesign.org/PADGschools

Key Concepts: Brain Architecture Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (11/5/14).
Source: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/key_concepts/brain_architecture/