[Source: Medical News Today]
Researchers say that physical fitness in children can boost their memory and learning abilities, particularly when initially learning a task that is more challenging.
The research, published in the journalPLOS ONE, was conducted by Lauren Raine and colleagues from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The study involved 48 children aged 9 and 10-years-old. On the first day, a test was carried out to measure the children’s aerobic fitness. This involved conducting a maximal oxygen consumption test, which was done while the children carried out physical activity on a treadmill.
On day 2, the children were required to memorize names and locations on two different maps, using two different learning strategies:
- A study only strategy (SO) – the children could memorize the material by studying the information only
- A test study strategy (TS) – the children were tested on the material as they studied.