You already know that exercising makes your heart healthier, but new research suggests it actually makes your brainhealthier, too. Say goodbye to the dumb jock stereotype!
A cool new study from the University of Illinois just found a correlation between physical fitness and brain functionality. Basically, the study found that the morephysically fit you are, the better you do on tests that require memorization—score!
To test it out, researchers examined two groups of fit and unfit teens. The fit group far outperformed the unfit kids on memorization and short quizzes—by almost 20 percent!
But why exactly? Studies show that exercise can enhance prefrontal cortex activity in the brain—where your working memory is.
So if you’ve been having trouble memorizing all the verbs for your Spanish class or the elements on the periodic table for Chem, just get moving!
Do you think you perform better in school when you’re in shape? Let us know in the comments!