The benefits of exercise: How it can help students & workers feel better

by frank-stuart

Everyone wants to feel good, and one of the benefits of exercise is that it might actually make you feel happier. Some studies have shown that there is a positive relationship between regular exercise and mood. Improvements in fitness and mood may also help you to concentrate better on your studies and / or work and to think more clearly.

Incorporate exercise into your daily routine

When you have piles of assignments to do and exams coming up you can get to the point of really feeling the pressure. It can seem like every tutor or lecturer considers that their subject is the most vital and the one you should be putting most effort into. Studying can involve learning many new skills and one of them is creating a good study / work / life balance. Some days this might seem like a bit of a juggling act! However incorporating some daily exercise into your routine might actually help you to stay more alert and focussed.

The same applies to workers in sedentary jobs. When you spend hours sitting at a desk most days of the week, it’s important to get some daily exercise as well as some outdoor time. This may help you not only feel better and to get some much needed vitamin-D from the sun, but it may also help prevent that sleepiness that can creep up on you in the middle of the afternoon.

How the benefits of exercise work

According to the Better Health Channel, the brain chemical serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is essential for a number of bodily functions including sleep and mood, and it has been shown to have a relationship to depression. Regular exercise appears to alter the levels of serotonin in the brain and improve mood in the process. In a study published by PubMed, regular exercise was shown to improve both physical and mental health.

What exercise should I do?

Some people seem to wait until they have a giant block of time available for exercising in, as they might feel it is not worth the bother unless they can do it in a big way. However studies really seem to indicate that exercise can be overdone and a moderate level is better. Also, just generally moving around more during the day is beneficial – by taking the stairs, parking further away from your college or workplace and walking further, or just going for a light walk between classes or at lunch time. Of course it’s also good to have some sessions of sustained exercise. Ideas for exercise include attending the gym or aerobics, cycling, swimming, joining a walking group, playing with the dog, or taking up a sport. The social nature of playing sport may also have a positive effect on mood.

The benefits of exercise are generally thought to be more about reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and helping to prevent type-2 diabetes. It is also linked to weight loss and building up muscle, and looking better in summertime on the beach. However while these are positive benefits it’s important to realise that it can also make you feel more positive, and may also improve your ability to concentrate on the things you need to have your focus on – studies and work included.

Enjoy a good workout? Want to turn your passion for sport and dance into a career? Completing a degree at ACPE is a great way to launch a career in Education, Sport, or Dance. The degrees on offer at ACPE provide you with both the theoretical and practical skills you need to succeed in your chosen field. 

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