Are you one of those people who would get more exercise if you did not have to spend so much time studying? Well read on, because I have some good news for you.
Exercise improves brain function, and scientists are not sure why. What they do know is that this cause-effect relationship is solid. There is a region of the brain called the hippocampus. It plays a large role in both learning and memory. This region of the brain actually grows in people who engage in regular aerobic exercise. Other studies reveal that regular exercise helps people concentrate better. This helps us stay on task for long periods of time.
Think of exercise as a memory enhancement drug. Unlike other drugs, this one is free and has only beneficial side-effects. Some exercise 3-5 times per week should be part of your academic success strategy. Some ideas:
-After class, walk for 15 minutes and think of the main points covered
-An hour before class, engage in 20 minutes of a strenuous physical activity. Examples include weight-lifting, running, stair climbing, or bicycling.
-Do 30 minutes of moderate exercise before you sit down to study. You can walk briskly, jog, or ride an exercise bike at the campus gym.
Find something that works for you and fits your schedule. If regular exercise boosts your performance on exams by a few points, you can think of it as a form of extra credit. Only this extra credit applies to every exam you take.