New research shows exercise improves concentration. Physical activity, concentration and quality of life are interconnected for primary school children, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine (2022; 11 , 1326). Researchers at the Technical University of Munich evaluated 6,533 healthy boys and girls ages 6–10. Data analysis showed that higher fitness levels were associated with an increased ability to concentrate and an improved health-related quality of life. These factors contributed to better school performance and a greater likelihood to pursue more advanced studies in secondary school.
The research on how exercise improves concentration was so compelling that a school district near the university is giving all first-grade pupils in the region a voucher for a 1-year sports club membership. “Collaboration among parents, schools, communities and athletic clubs is very important when it comes to creating a comprehensive and appropriate range of possibilities,” said study author Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz, MD, PhD, professor of preventive pediatrics, Technical University of Munich.