Exercise before school improves concentration

Updated 05 December 2012
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Exercise before school improves concentration

COPENHAGEN: Cycling or walking to school increases a child’s ability to concentrate in the classroom, the results of a Danish study published Friday showed.
Children who were driven to school, or who took public transport, performed less well in a test measuring concentration levels, than those who had walked or cycled, a joint study by researchers at the universities in Copenhagen and Aarhus found.
“The exercise one uses to transport oneself to school is reflected in the level of concentration one has circa four hours later,” said Niels Egelund, a co-author of the report.
The results surprised the researchers, as their hypothesis originally focused on the effects of eating breakfast and lunch on pupils’ ability to concentrate.
“The results showed that having breakfast and lunch has an impact, but not very much compared to having exercised,” Egelund told AFP.
“As a third-grade pupil, if you exercise and bike to school, your ability to concentrate increases to the equivalent of someone half a year further in their studies,” he added.
In the survey, taken by 19,527 pupils aged five to 19 years, participants were asked about their exercise habits and were then given a basic test measuring their concentration.
“Most people know the feeling of being refreshed after having exercised, but it is surprising that the effect lasts for so long,” Egelund said.

 


Where We Are Going Today: Al-Hakawati Restaurant & Cafe

Updated 23 March 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Al-Hakawati Restaurant & Cafe

Al-Hakawati in Arab culture is a person known for their captivating storytelling abilities.
Diners can create their own tales and memories at this charming Levantine-decorated restaurant in El-Khayyat center, in Jeddah’s Al-Rawdah district.
An Arabian atmosphere is created to encourage customers to return again and again with the restaurant hosting live performances of traditional Arabic music every Thursday and Friday (and occasionally on Tuesdays).
Staff are polite and attentive to customer needs and the Levantine cuisine is a treat not to be missed.