A study conducted by Cornell University showed that extra time spent in the gym helped students perform better in class. But the extra time was probably spent sedentary, not engaging in sports that require continuous movement. In an elementary school fitness class, only 3 minutes were dedicated to physical activity. Yet despite the extra physical activity, students still performed better in the class. This research is consistent with others, and is not surprising.
According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, students who attend a gym class often do better in class. Not only do they improve their academic performance, but the regular workouts improve their physical and mental health. As a result, gym classes may help increase students’ self-esteem. But how do these benefits stack up against the time and effort spent in the gym? This article explores the benefits and drawbacks of gym classes.
Taking gym classes isn’t enough. While a few students report improved performance in school, more importantly, they develop bonds with their classmates. That’s why it’s essential for every student to have access to this type of physical activity. In fact, it’s one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle. It can reduce stress and depression, and it helps students stay mentally fit and physically well.