The Role of Exercise in Student Learning and Success


Exercise is a critical component of overall health, but what does that mean for students? For one thing, exercise helps improve memory and focus. But there are other benefits to getting your heart pumping as well: it also helps students control stress levels and feel less overwhelmed at school. Teachers can also be role models when it comes to exercise—and should encourage their students to join them on the treadmill or in the gym!

Exercise is important for brain development.

Exercise stimulates the brain, increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, and may increase nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF is a protein that helps neurons grow and develop. It has also been linked to improved memory formation in mice.

Exercise improves cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain; this helps remove toxins from cells and deliver nutrients like glucose for energy production. In addition to helping with concentration, exercise can improve your mood by releasing endorphins–the “feel good” hormones–in your body.

Studies have shown that regular aerobic activity can help improve memory performance in people of all ages

Exercise improves memory and focus.

Physical activity can improve memory and focus. For example, a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research showed that those who exercised for 30 minutes at least 3 times per week had better sleep quality than those who did not exercise.

Another study found that students who walked to school scored higher on tests than students who took public transportation or drove cars. The researchers also noted that children with higher levels of physical fitness were more likely to be successful academically than their less-fit peers.[1]

How can you use physical activity as part of your daily routine? There are many ways:

Teachers are role models when it comes to exercise.

Teachers should be role models when it comes to exercise. This means that you should exercise in front of your students, encourage them to get active, and show them how fun it can be.

You might think that this is just a good way to set an example for your pupils, but studies have shown that being physically active improves performance in the classroom and increases attention span by up to 30%.

Physical activity helps students control stress levels.

  • Exercise is a great way to release stress. It can help you stay focused and positive, which are both important for learning.
  • Exercising will help you sleep better at night, which will make it easier for your brain to process information the next day.
  • Exercise reduces anxiety and depression levels by releasing endorphins (feel good chemicals) into your bloodstream, making you feel happier overall!

Exercise is good for students’ brains and bodies, which means it can also be good for their grades.

Exercise is good for your body and your brain. It can help you sleep better, feel happier, and be more focused during the day.

If you’re not exercising regularly, it’s time to start! Regular exercise has been shown to improve grades by making students more focused in class. In addition, studies have found that those who exercise are more likely to graduate high school (and less likely to drop out) than those who don’t work out regularly–and those who do get good grades are more likely than other students who aren’t active outside of class time


Exercise is an important part of student learning and success, but it’s not the only one. There are many other factors at play in academic performance, such as sleep, nutrition and stress management. However, exercise is one factor that teachers can help their students with by setting an example when it comes to physical activity in school or at home. By encouraging kids–and adults–to get active on a regular basis, we can all improve our brains’ ability to learn new things quickly!