Study: Exercise improves overweight kids' achievement

February 11, 2011 4:00:44 PM PST
A little exercise can go a long way in helping overweight sedentary kids improve their thinking and math skills.

That's the finding of a report in Health Psychology.

Authors say it implies that chronic sedentary behavior is compromising a child's ability and achievement.

The study also found exercise was linked to increased activity in the parts of the brain associated with complex thinking and self control.

Authors of the study theorize that exercise may promote neural growth and the benefits may include more brain cells and more connections between them.