A recent study in Copenhagen has outlined how cycling or walking to school increases children’s ability to concentrate in the classroom.
The study involved nearly 20,000 Danish children between the ages of 5 and 19. It found that children who cycled or walked to school, rather than traveling by car or public transport, performed significantly better on tasks demanding concentration, such as puzzles, and that the effects lasted up to four hours after they got to school.
The results surprised the researchers, as the focus of the study was on the effects of eating breakfast and lunch on the ability of students to concentrate. The results of the study showed that while eating breakfast and lunch had a positive impact it was exercise that provided the greatest benefit to concentration.
With childhood obesity rates at alarming levels, walking or cycling to school may have multiple benefits for children (and adults!)