Frequent exercise improves the academic performance of teenagers, according to a new study.
The study, by the universities of Strathclyde and Dundee, was carried out on about 5,000 children and found significant links between exercise and exam success in English, Maths and Science.
It found that there was an increase in performance for every extra 17 minutes boys exercised and every extra 12 minutes for girls. The research also suggested that children who carried out regular exercise did better in exams aged 11, 13 and even 16.
But in a world of games consoles, tablets, smartphones and TVs, how can you encourage your teenagers to be more active?
Getting children involved from an early age will promote the importance of exercise and get them into the habit of being active regularly. Football, for example, is a great source of exercise, can be picked up at any age and is a good opportunity for children to learn some essential skills such as communication and teamwork. Not only this it will get them outdoors and into the fresh air as well.
If your children are finding it tough to put down their favourite video game as they get older, activities such as Paintballing or Laser Combat offer a more exciting and competitive edge to keeping fit. From manoeuvring around barricades, jumping for cover to running clear of a target, it’s so much fun they might switch off the games console more often.