Regular exposure to physical activity (PA) has numerous health-related benefits including better physical fitness (PF). However, PA in schools is only limited to PE. To promote PA in schools, positive effects of increased PA in academic performance have been researched on, with recent findings suggesting that the mind and body are connected because the brain is activated more during and after chronic exposure to PA. The research investigated the effects of a 4-week afterschool chronic exercise program on Mathematics achievement and executive functions (EF) of elementary students. It utilized a quasi-experimental pre and posttest research design to two comparable fifth-grade sections assigned as either the control or experimental group. The experimental group scored better than the control group in Mathematics, Stroop test, and Fitness Test. However, there was no significant difference in the other components of EF and body mass index (BMI). All EF core skills were correlated with Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT). Results suggest that additional minutes for exercise improve mathematical performance and fitness levels. Participation in the 4-week chronic exercise program significantly improved math achievement of fifth-grade students. Implications for effective learning include incorporating PA in school programs, as a 30-minute PA done on a regular basis shows positive effects on academic scores and does not hamper learning, highlighting not only the physical effects of an exercise program, but its effects on mental
I am a Sports Director at the University of Asia and the Pacific. I used to be a PE supervisor in an all-girls school and taught PE to young girls for 7 years. I recently just finished my Masters degree from the University of the Philippines, majoring in Educational Psychology. My research interests are wellness, exercise, PA, the brain, and cognitive development.improvement as well.
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