A STUDY has found that small bouts of physical exercise can greatly enhance primary-school children's mental capabilities.
John Kiely, a senior lecturer in elite performance at University of Central Lancashire, worked with pupils and staff of Corpus Christi primary school in Moyross, Limerick, to see how exercise could benefit children academically.
Boys and girls from sixth class exercised on stationery bikes for five 20-second intervals, three times a week. After exercising, children went straight back to laptops for mental challenges. "After 10 weeks, all of the pupils showed large improvements, we are delighted with the results." Mr Kiely said.