Exams and exercise – connected in so many ways

Exams are rolling around, and this brings with it a great deal of internal and external pressure to perform well. Rest assured, you are not alone in feeling the fleeting burden of exams. Fortunately, there are many techniques you can tap into to help manage your stress and optimise your study time, one of which is exercise.  

Exercise needs to be in the master plan

Exercise improves our fitness, but it can also help develop your brainpower. The theory is that as you exercise, you strengthen the connections between your brain cells, which in turn, improves your learning and memory skills. So, in theory at least, you should be better equipped to absorb information as you study. That is why when making your study schedule, be sure to schedule in some exercise breaks too.

Creativity can be boosted during and after your workout. Think back to when some of your best ideas have appeared. How many were when you were at your study desk? Chances are, you were out getting fresh air, chatting with friends and giving your brain a little break.

Finally, being active is one of the five ways to wellbeing. Staying well will keep you in a healthy frame of mind, and better equipped to handle the added stress of exam time.

During exams, your priorities will likely change, so perhaps adapt your thinking around exercise. There’s no need to keep up the marathon gym sessions! If you want to maintain your gains, then utilise the maintenance principle of exercise, and cut down your gym time for the short term.  Or if you exercise primarily for fun and social reasons, then look at choosing your favourite activities, or sport commitments, and keep those up first. Another approach might be to snack on exercise – little 1min bouts of activity throughout the day.

There is a lot of information out there, but if it’s all a bit overwhelming, then why not  book in with for a FREE 15min consultation with a fitness consultant at the RecCentre? Our staff will look over your programme (bring it with you), and help you choose a shorter, smarter exercise plan to see you through your exams.

Good luck!

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