Exercise Your Way to Study Success

by frank-stuart

Study involves a lot more than being hunched over a computer or book. Getting plenty of rest, reducing stress and keeping healthy, are essential for study success. Exercise in particular is vital to help maintain your body – and mind. And while it can be tempting to stop exercising when exams are approaching, or a deadline is looming, it can be a good idea to rethink your options. Adding exercise to your study timetable is a great way to help you get the best results you can.

Exercise for an Active Mind

We all know that exercise is essential to help keep our body fit and healthy. What may surprise you, however, is its importance in maintaining a healthy mind. Exercise gets blood flowing to the brain, and this blood supply contains oxygen, which the brain needs consistently to function as best it can. In short, exercise regularly and it will help you focus, study more effectively and retain information.

Exercise for Stress Relief

Stress can get the better of anyone, at any time. Exercise is one effective way to help manage stress. Physical activity can help reduce the effect of stress hormones, and release endorphins (the ones that make you feel good). Regular exercise can help improve general fitness, maintain good posture and keep you feeling energised – all positive steps in controlling stress.

Exercise for Energy – and Health

Any type of study can be exhausting. Exercise can help improve your energy levels and help you sleep better. It will help keep your body in shape, and keep you feeling good. And it will help strengthen your immune system. Trying to study or complete exams when you’re feeling ill can be disastrous, so it’s important to ensure you stay as fit and healthy as possible at all times.

Making the Time

And yes, here comes the hard part. Making the time for regular exercise can be difficult on a hectic study/work schedule, particularly as assessments and exams approach. Once you realise the importance of exercise however, you should then be more inclined to make the time to make it happen. Why not schedule some exercise into your timetable as you would another class or lesson? Once you start, you’ll find it becomes easier to keep going, and you may even start to really enjoy it.

Gyms are open at all hours these days, so it should be fairly easy to find one that suits your timetable. Or you might join a sports team, go for a swim or simply take a long, brisk walk.

Remember too to aim for active breaks during your study sessions. A five-minute break every half hour can help you absorb the information you’ve just read, and refocus. Try a short walk, some stretches or even a few yoga poses.

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