Study from Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
If you want your son to read better, a study suggests one way to do it: let him go outside and play! Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity influences boys' reading skills, researchers observed. More specifically, the more time a boy spends in active play, the more fluently he reads. In addition, he understands what he reads better. Conversely, if the boy spends much time sitting around, his reading ability suffers.
The same associations did not seem to exist among girls.
Movement and Reading
The researchers conducted this study among 89 boys and 69 girls. The children were between 6 and 8 years old. The researchers measured physical activity with movement sensors, heard rate counters, and other tools. They measured reading fluency and comprehension with standardized exams for first, second, and third graders.