Classroom Activity

Brain Bites (Better Ideas Through Exercise)

Initiative Description: The Brain BITES  exercise break intervention was led by research staff twice a week for the 4-week study duration. The exercise breaks were designed to maintain moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and to be fun and engaging for the students. Specific exercises were selected to be feasible within a small classroom setting and included marching in place with arm movements, various forms of jumping, and running in place.

Study Results: Three out of the four classrooms improved on-task behavior after 10 min of classroom exercise. Time-on-task was significantly higher in students after 10 min of classroom exercise breaks compared to a sedentary attention control.

Reference: Howie et al (2014). Acute classroom exercise breaks improve on-task behavior in 4th and 5th grade students: A dose–response.Mental Health and Physical Activity
Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2014, Pages 65-71 ://

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good