Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Kron, Bill


The purpose of this thesis is to review literature related to exercise breaks in the secondary classroom. There is a current nation-wide effort to increase active behavior in our youth. Secondary teachers and administrators are finding new methods to incorporate exercise in the classroom based on professional and personal interests and Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs. Research reviewed on exercise breaks includes cognitive and attentional benefits and variables to consider when planning exercise breaks. Most research identifies a positive correlation between exercise breaks in the secondary classroom and increases in cognitive or attentional benefits for students. No major negative impacts of added exercise were found. In conclusion, including exercise breaks in the secondary classroom could enhance student cognition, attention, and other health benefits which increase academic achievement.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis