Recent research has revealed that children who are driven to and from school may be suffering academically.
Researchers found that children who were driven to school, or who took public transport, had poorer concentration levels than those who took a more active route such as walking or cycling.
It may be widely known that children who walk or cycle to school may have a lower risk of obesity than those who are taken to and from school by car, but this revealing new research reinforces how regular exercise helps brain functionality.
The joint study by researchers at two Danish universities found the regular exercise could advance a student up to half a year in their studies.
Children who were driven to school, or who took public transport, performed less well in a test measuring concentration levels, than those who had walked or cycled.
The research was initially intended to measure the impact of breakfast and lunch on children’s concentration levels. However, the results showed that having breakfast and lunch has an impact, but not much in comparison to having exercised.
In the survey, taken by 19,527 pupils aged five to 19 years, participants were asked about their exercise habits and were then given a basic test measuring their concentration.
Exercise is known to bring a host of benefits including mental alertness, reduction in mental fatigue and sharpened responses and reactions.