Lorna Kleidman, Creator of Kettlebell Program KettleX, Responds to an Article Revealing Studies that Suggest a Correlation between Fitness and Intelligence

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Following an article published on HamptonRoads.com that suggests physically fit children do better intellectually, fitness trainer Lorna Kleidman offers a response.

On September 18th, kettlebell trainer Lorna Kleidman commends an article published for HamptonRoads.com regarding studies suggesting that exercise will improve a child’s intelligence.

According to the article, physically active children with healthy nutrition are more likely to be successful academically. The article refers to a study conducted by the Department of Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign which concluded, “These findings suggest that fitness was positively associated with neuroelectric indices of attention and working memory, and response speed in children. Fitness was also associated with cognitive processing speed, but these findings were not age-specific. These data indicate that fitness may be related to better cognitive functioning in preadolescents and have implications for increasing cognitive health in children and adults.” In addition, HamptonRoads.com refers to The Stroop Test, a test that studies reaction time. According to the article, physically fit adolescents performed better on The Stroop Test.

At the annual Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, it was revealed that physically active grade-school children received better test scores, the article reports. According to the article, “The more oxygen is supplied to the brain, the better.” Lorna Kleidman, a fitness expert who incorporates kettlebell exercises into her workouts, commends the article stating, “Physical fitness is important at any age, whether you’re eight or eighty. It’s wonderful to see that exercise will not only benefit a child’s health, but will also benefit a child’s growing mind. Hopefully, these studies will encourage parents to get their children up and active.”

According to the article’s author, Pat Ferguson, “Short, intermittent breaks involving physical activity would do wonders in our children’s educational experience. Why educators have not fully incorporated this concept is beyond me. I can personally attest to the academic benefits when incorporating fitness during the educational process.”

Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. Lorna developed the innovative techniques that are used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the weights to everyone in a simple to use, comprehensive and fun format. She has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.

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