Researchers are expanding on recent studies that find exercise positively affects learning in the K-12 environment by testing the theory on college students. In an article for Pacific Standard Battina Chang writes that just 12 minutes of aerobic exercise closed the pre-existing score gap between low-income and higher-income students in the study.

Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap?

Ever seen a teacher or camp counselor make the whole class do jumping jacks before beginning a lesson? It wasn’t just a ploy to exhaust the kids hyped up on Pixy Stix. A 2012 study showing the academic benefits of short spurts of aerobic exercise for low-income kids sparked a movement among primary schools to add more exercise to the school day.

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