Proof that Physical Activity Improves Learning

Here at Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding, we have always known that experiential learning is one of the best options for instilling change and leadership ability in students. Outward Bound was founded on the belief that physically and mentally challenging experiences, when facilitated by trained professionals in a safe and supportive environment, can help students discover and develop their strength of character, ability to lead and desire to serve.

According to Jen Stanchfield’s upcoming book, The Inspired Educator, The Inspired Learner, physical activity can significantly improve learning capabilities. 

There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the positive impact of exercise on brain development and function – and therefore memory and learning throughout life. Exercise has the long-term effect of improving blood flow thereby improving the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Neuroscientists have found exercise also increases blood flow in certain regions of the brain such as the hippocampus—an area of the brain that plays an important role in the organization of memory and the transfer of information from short term memory to long-term memory. Researchers have found that exercise increases the survival of newly formed brain cells in the hippocampus of lab animals and both young and older adults. It also causes the release of growth factors that support the development of dendrites and synapses and synaptic plasticity in the brain –the ability of the brain to change.”

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