As a student, you are incredibly busy with exams, learning how to survive on your own, studying, trying to budget and hoping to maintain some sort of a social life. So it is understandable that you often don’t get the time to brush your hair, let alone get to the gym for a workout. But keeping active is an extremely important habit to pick up, especially throughout your academic years.
Exam period causes a great deal of stress on the body, having to stay up at all hours of the night trying to study, not getting much sleep, worrying about your future. Getting in a good workout session is a great stress reliever, helping to ease anxiety, and negate the negative effects that stress has on the body.
There is nothing worse than coming down with a cold during exam period, stuck in bed with a fever, missing out on important exam prep. Keeping active actually helps to boost your immune system, keeping you happy, healthy, and able to attend important lectures.
Long hours in lectures, followed by even longer hours in the library, and if you are fortunate enough to have a part time job, trying to sneak in a mid-day nap between classes isn’t a luxury you can afford. Keeping active helps to increase energy levels, keeping you awake and alert throughout the day.
Keeping fit can actually make you smarter, studies have shown that the hippocampus, (a structure in the brain that controls the formation, retention, and recall of memories) although over time tends to shrink, exercise has been shown to highlight growth, therefore regular exercise can improve the part of your brain that helps you recall information.
Exercise helps to increase energy levels as mentioned before, which has a direct link to your ability to focus by making you more alert. But not only that, keeping active also increases the blood flow to the brain, which improves your mental cognition, and it also creates new brain cells. So to help stay attentive during those 3-hour lectures, make sure you are getting in at least 3-5 workout sessions a week.
Have you ever heard of the college kilo’s? Well its real, if you’re not careful the 3 years that you spend in college will have you return home 20 lbs heavier. With all of the late nights, quick meals, ease of fast food, no time to work out, stress, drinking and partying really takes a toll on the body. So make sure you are keeping active, as it helps to control your weight, so you don’t have to return home with an explanation as to why you look like you just gave birth to a 10-pound textbook.
So make sure you are keeping on top of your studies, staying awake during class and able to avoid taking any sick days. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week to really make a difference in your academics.