Kids Cycle Their Way to Better Behavior


Harvard researchers found in a randomized control trial of 103 students at a therapeutic day school that aerobic exercises yielded significant behavioral improvements. Those who engaged in cybercycling (stationary bike exercise enhanced by virtual reality) experienced 32-51% lower chances of poor self-regulation and disciplinary time-outs compared to those who did not do cyercycling. There was also evidence of a carry-over effect to days they did not get this specific exercise.

PositiveTip: Behavior in all youth (and adults) would probably benefit from physical activity goals every day!