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Regular Exercise,

Improved Learning

By Jennifer Pollock - December 2018

A fundamental reason as to why exercise is important is that it maximises oxygen supply to brain neurones for respiration and this is important for effective learning. However, there is a great deal more to the story!

Today we are so focussed on well being and academic achievements that we sometimes forget to put them together.  Here is an interesting article about regular exercise and why it can improve learning.



A recent article published by Harvard Medical School talks about the fundamental reason why exercise is important, because it maximises oxygen supply to brain neurons for respiration and this is important for effective learning. But there is much more to the story...


The University of British Columbia reveals that aerobic exercise actually changes the brain to protect memory and thinking skills and also increases the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain used for verbal memory, and learning. The benefits of exercise are due to its ability to stimulate the release of growth factors which affect the health of brain cells and the abundance of new brain cells.  Exercise also reduces stress and anxiety, improves mood and sleep patterns, all of which impact cognitive ability.


Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2017 uncovered that learning retention in children was better after exercise and “physical activity can improve children’s memory when done immediately after a learning situation. The greatest effect is achieved immediately after teaching concludes in combination with intense physical exercise” says Associate Professor Lundbye-Jensen.


The demonstrated research shows how schools may benefit from better timetabling and also highlights the importance for students to engage in regular exercise to optimise revision and home learning.