Can Cognitive Training Combined with Physical Activity Improve Literacy?

Schools across the nation work tirelessly to ensure that students reach or exceed the national average for literacy. However, it’s no secret that some children struggle more with learning than others. It begs the question: Is there a better way to teach young people to read and comprehend?

As cognitive learning gains more and more recognition, people are finally starting to appreciate the benefits of training the mind. There is also an understanding in the fitness industry that an elevated heart rate can improve thinking and overall brain function. Combining brain strengthening exercises with physical activity creates the ideal situation to improve the way that young people are learning to read.


The proof is in the results

Napperville Illinois Central High completed a study where they used interactive technology equipment that focuses on cardiovascular activity and improved agility. Upon completion of the semester-long program, student’s reading level improved by 1.4-grade levels. Kids who participated in this program were also more likely to participate in class and showcase leadership skills.
This type of study isn’t unique in the world of cognitive training. There are numerous accounts of how people can use physical fitness to improve their brain function. The benefits are widely apparent in young people who are taught this method at an earlier age. The results are exciting because it not only proves that this works, but it could tap into a new way to teach children more efficiently.


Where to find the technology

If you are an educator that is searching for ways to transform regular PE into a cognitive learning environment, then you may be interested in SMARTfit solutions. We’ve already incorporated our technology into over 1000 schools. The best part is that kids are actually excited to participate and schools around the country see improvements in grades and social skills. Likewise, there has been a dramatic drop in absentness and behavioral issues.
SMARTfit, Inc.’s systems combine brain fitness with body fitness improving physical, sensory, and cognitive performance. Our systems create an engaging, multisensory experience for all ages and abilities. SMARTfit™ exercise technology utilizes the latest in Brain Body Exercise Science to bring you a unique solution that improves mental and physical fitness. To learn more contact us at 1-800-900-8542 x 110.

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