Study: Teen girls who bike or walk to school perform better in cognitive tests than girls who drive to school.
In a study published this month in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, researchers looked at the teens’ standardized test performance and their mode of transportation to school in five Spanish cities. Girls with active transportation — either walking or biking to school — performed better than girls who either rode in a car or bus to school. Girls with longer bike rides or walks (more than 15 minutes) performed better in tests than girls with shorter rides or walks, though both groups did better than girls with inactive commutes. The study authors conclude, “Active commuting to school and its duration may positively influence cognitive performance in adolescent girls.”
For boys, there wasn’t any measurable difference between those with active vs inactive commutes to school. An earlier Swedish study that found the same thing suggests that boys are possibly more active, and 15 minutes biking to school doesn’t make as much a difference in their overall activity level.
Via Discovery Magazine Disco Blog.