Herbert jumps on bike to exercise a point

Mar 8 2013 - 7:45am

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Gov. Gary Herbert (left) and Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, ride exercise bikes while Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, watches Thursday at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City.  Herbert joined Hutchings in spotlighting a new education and health initiative. (RICK BOWMER/The Associated Press)
Gov. Gary Herbert (left) and Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, ride exercise bikes while Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, watches Thursday at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City.  Herbert joined Hutchings in spotlighting a new education and health initiative. (RICK BOWMER/The Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert jumped on an exercise bike Thursday to promote the need for people, especially schoolchildren, to exercise more.

Herbert and Reps. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, and Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, talked about the benefits of exercise during a news conference started on exercise bikes. They said exercise supercharges the circuits in the human brain, which boosts performance.

They also pointed to a University of Utah study that found children in grades 3-5 showed a 9 percent improvement in class on-task behaviors after 10 minutes of physical activity.

"The science is simply this: Your brain runs on fuel. Exercise is what fuels the brain. Without exercise, you go dark," Hutchings said. He also referenced several schools in Davis County that have incorporated the concept into their classroom activity.

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