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How Going to the Gym Makes You a Better Student

Exercise is more than just lifting weights and getting “gains’ as some would call it. While most people would agree that exercising daily - running, walking, lifting weights, biking, etc., - improves your physical health and appearance, but did you know that there is a scientific evidence that shows a direct correlation between physical exercise and improved mental health? When you combine the physical health benefits of regular exercise with a higher level of focus and emotional health, you truly benefit in a way that makes you feel like you can accomplish any goal and overcome any challenge. When you can combine the benefits of being in good physical health and emotional health, there is no stopping you from reaching your greatest potential of being the best student you can be.

Exercise Supports Stress Relief…

Stress and anxiety can most certainly become a hindrance and impact academic performance. Physical exercise is a great way to release some stress especially when you are feeling overwhelmed and under pressure. Research shows that people who exercise regularly are able to stressful situations in more positive way, and call upon their resiliency and resolve to power their way through the challenges they face, such as the more intense pressure of Finals week.

Learning and Memory…

Exercise can also be linked to enhanced memory function, both after short bursts of exertion as well as over a longer period of time. For example, consistent aerobic exercise over the course of five weeks has been shown to increase a person’s Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a protein that the brain uses to develop new connections and repair failing brain cells. Regular exercise will also help to maintain both long and short-term memory function when you are older.


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