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Fitness for Life - FAQs

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Why do some kids who don't do a lot of exercise score better on fitness tests than some kids who exercise a lot?

It is true that sometimes people who do not do a lot of physical activity score better on fitness tests than others who are more active. That is more likely to be true when you are young than when you get older. The reasons some less active people can do well on fitness tests include heredity, maturation (age), and sex. Some people inherit physical characteristics from their parents that help them to do well on fitness tests. For example, there are various types of muscle fibers, and you may score well if you inherit the types of fibers that help...

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: My hypothesis is that exercise will positively affect concentration in children. Do you have any information on whether this is true?

This quote from the CDC provides an answer to your question: "Student physical activity may help improve academic performance including academic achievement (e.g., grades, standardized test scores); academic behavior (e.g., on-task behavior, attendance); and factors that can positively influence academic achievement (e.g. concentration, attention, improved classroom behavior). This report is a literature review that examines the existing research on the relationship between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. It spans 23 years of research and includes 50 studies. The majority of the studies in this review report that physical activity was positively related to academic performance. Most...

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