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Nyra the Owl explains why exercise may be an important part of learning in school.

Want a better score on your spelling test? Getting exercise might be the way to go! Science experiments1 show that being active gives your brain a boost and helps you improve your grades in school.

Get Moving
Whether you swim, play ball, skate, ride bikes or dance with friends, all those moves help your brain. Exercise increases your brain size, improves your memory and helps you make choices.

Exercise is Brain Food
Exercise brings better blood flow to your brain and raises oxygen and nutrient levels. When you move, you give the nerve cells that help you think a burst of power.

Make the Time
Just 10 to 60 minutes of exercise in gym class or at recess each day may improve your test scores and grades. At home, head outside to play with friends or join a sports team, then open your computer and books and start studying.

Science Proves It
Scientists reviewed 26 studies with 10,000 children between the ages of 4 and 13. They found that exercise and movement helped kids do better in school in all subjects, especially math and reading. Kids who are active get higher test scores, can focus better and can pay attention longer during study sessions.

Big Results
Pick the exercise you like, get your blood pumping, and move your muscles. Shoot some hoops, play a game of ping-pong, head to a playground or try a Mindful challenge with an adult to increase your brain power with every step you take. So, if you’re starting to study, it might be a great idea to run, skip or ride around the block first to help you get ready for tomorrow’s big test!

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