Physical Activity Breaks Boost Brain Power… Especially During Testing Season!

posted on Thu, Apr 6 2017 7:40 pm by Lisa Perry, Senior Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health Education Advisor


It’s that time of year again… testing season! During the month of April, many schools participate in standardized testing, which can require students to sit for long periods of time, while also pushing their brains to the max. But the research is clear: active students learn better.

Help your students perform at their best by getting them out of their seats with quick and energizing physical activity breaks that you can lead right in your classroom.

To make your job easier, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites:

Classroom Soccer Coach with LA Galaxy Star Ema Boateng

It’s all about high knees and quick feet in this fast-paced and energizing two-minute Fitness Break.



One-on-One with WNBA Star Jewell Loyd

Race against the clock during this two-minute Fitness Break tailored for the classroom, out-of-school time, or on-the-go.



The Mirror Challenge with Jason and Jarron Collins

Find a buddy for this Fitness Break and get moving with twin brothers and former NBA players Jason and Jarron Collins.


Need more ideas? Check out our Active Students, Active Minds webpage, which provides four-weeks-work of physical activity break ideas for both elementary and secondary students.

Don’t forget to get credit for your work: Update Module 3: Physical Education and Other Physical Activity Programs in your Assessment to track your progress getting your students moving! If you complete Module 3, or update your answers if you’ve already completed it, by April 30 your school could be eligible to win up to $2,000 in physical education resources! Learn more about our #PowerPE promotion >>>


Lisa Perry is a National Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health Education Advisor at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. By contacting her, you can ask questions, learn best practices and get started creating a healthier school environment.
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