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What One Simple Thing Makes Kids Smarter?

There are no rules for the specific manner in which this is achieved—your child could do this running in the backyard, or using a treadmill, elliptical machine, or recumbent bike (provided your child is old enough to use such machines safely, of course), or they could do it bicycling outdoors. Here are the core principles:

1. Warm up for three minutes
2. Then, go all out, as hard as you can for 30 seconds
3. Recover for 90 seconds
4. Repeat 7 more times, for a total of 8 repetitions
5. Cool down for a few minutes afterwards by cutting down your intensity by 50-80 percent.

For more in-depth information about Sprint 8, please review this previous article.

Know that Sprint 8 exercises have a number of health benefits that you simply cannot achieve with any other type of exercise. For adults over 30, the most important of these is the natural production of human growth hormone (HGH), which is essential for strength, overall fitness, and longevity. Naturally, children and teens don’t need to worry too much about producing HGH, but high-intensity interval training can still provide magnificent benefits for this age group, as it can dramatically improve fat loss and helps build muscle. It also dramatically improves athletic speed and performance, which can greatly benefit aspiring youth athletes.

Overall, Sprint 8 exercises will allow your child (and you!) to achieve her fitness goals much faster.


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Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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10:41AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thank you Dr. Mercola, for Sharing this!

4:15PM PDT on May 29, 2013

"Those who participated nearly doubled their reading scores, and math scores increased TWENTYFOLD!"
(caps are mine)

Didn't this strike anybody else as odd? Just how low WERE those math scores? In order to hit 100%, they'd only need to have had a previous mark of 5.

I believe the cover letter of the study says the math scores went up by a factor of twenty. Maybe he meant 20% and just worded it incorrectly. The staff seem too involved to have allowed scores to fall that low. A 20% increase in math is pretty significant.

Doubling reading scores? That's not hard to believe. Too many kids read way below their level of aptitude because they haven't been taught or challenged well enough. Just the fact that they're testing reading in HIGH SCHOOL is reason enough to suspect the curriculum for short changing these kids. By high school they should have learned enough that redeeming their reading skills should come fairly easy with the right kind of help and encouragement. But math relies too much on specific skills and aptitudes to be able to increase marks that significantly in a semester or two. Actually, I couldn't find anywhere that it noted the length of the experiment.

I did find it hilarious where it said that fidgeting and moving around helped kids concentrate. But those are the kids with ADHD! Some of us always got in trouble for fidgeting. At least I never fell out of my chair like my son did - several times. Twice I had to pick him up earl

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7:12AM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:07AM PDT on May 16, 2013

Very true. Thanks for sharing.

11:41AM PDT on May 1, 2013

1 simple thing takes 5 pages to explain? Perhaps you could have done better if you followed you own advice. Personally I would just give them house / gardening work to do.

11:34AM PDT on May 1, 2013


11:26AM PDT on May 1, 2013

I was an excessively lazy child but always did well academically. Now, of course, my ways have caught up with me, and I really ought to be exercising. I'm not physically very vain, so I've been trying to motivate myself by reminding myself that exercise is supposed to be good for the brain...

8:53PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Bring back recess and take away cellphone, computer games and other such BS.

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