It all started in 2010 when Scott Ertl, a school counselor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was reading a book while riding a stationary bike at the gym. In a moment of inspiration he thought if the kids in his school would not fancy also reading something interesting while exercising. The school’s principal liked the idea and Scott set up a plan to put in practice. He managed one bike which was placed at the rear of a normal class and after a short time he had to find more. A proper place was arranged for the bikes, teachers signed their classes up for 15 to 20 minute blocks of time in the bike room, and students brought a book or picked up an educational magazine. Data compiled by the school showed that reading test scores and proficiency were up, the more time students spent in the room, the better they did on reading tests.

Five years on the programme, which became known as “Read and Ride”, is implemented in hundreds of other schools across 30 US States and in a lot of them, besides bikes, involves other exercising instruments like bouncy bands and exercising balls.  And what is more, slowly the idea is spreading, in an informal basis, outside the US as all. There are already similar initiatives at least in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Poland and the UK.

Source: Read and Ride

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