Walking to School Makes Young Girls Smarter


Walking to SchoolPerforming routine daily walk never hurts. In fact a recent study says that more teenage girls are advised to walk to school, because the habit is known to have a positive influence on the brain’s cognitive performance.

Results of this study revealed that teenage girls who walk to school have better cognitive performance, when compared to those who go to school by bus or car, as reported by the Times of India, Saturday (07/27/2013).

In addition, better cognitive performance was also shown in teenage girls whose travel time from home to school is more than 15 minutes, compared with those who live closer and have a travel time under 15 minutes to go to school.

This opinion was concluded from studies AVENA national meeting (Food and Assessment of the Nutritional Status of Spanish Adolescents), in which the University of Granada have participated together with the Autonomous University of Madrid, the University of Zaragoza and the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid.

The researchers confirmed that during adolescence, brain plasticity is greater than any other time in the life span. This makes adolescence a period appropriate to stimulate cognitive function. Therefore, researchers thought that teens who are inactive can lose a very important stimulus to improve learning and cognitive performance.

“Going to school by walking is a healthy daily habit. These activities can contribute to keeping teens stay active for the rest of the day,” said Palma Chillon, researchers from the University of Granada.

Agreeing with this, David Martinez-Gomez from the Autonomous University of Madrid revealed that the application of walking will encourage them to participate more in physical activities and sports. In addition to increasing energy expenditure, this habit also gives a very good effect on the health of the body.

The study has been published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.