Move Better. Feel Better. Think Better.
If there’s one thing that will help you sharpen your focus and get you back on the study train, it’s getting a little bit of movement into your day.
You know how you feel a little fuzzy in the brain some days, and can’t think straight? The common response is to reach for a(nother) coffee or energy drink and maybe something a little sweet or savoury. In fact, you could do better for yourself by reaching for water and a little exercise snack.
The brain is a wonderful thing. A 10min, one-time burst of activity can boost your brain power, at least temporarily. Other studies have shown similar benefits for 20min bouts. So, even if you feel you can’t commit to a long-term programme, or a longer excursion to the gym/park/pool, there’s no reason you can’t reap the benefits of exercise throughout your day. Utilise those 10min study breaks with a little brisk activity! It could also be part of your exam day strategy!
How does the water help? Our bodies and brain need to be optimally hydrated to optimally function. Front load your day with a big glass of water with breakfast, then keep the water bottle handy and sip, sip, sip away the day. Bonus – you may even help clear up your skin, improve digestion and promote healthy muscles & recovery. Don’t forget to take your water with you to your exam!
What do I have to do to get these benefits?
Anything that gets you a little huffy and puffy, to release the happy brain chemicals. But don’t overdo it, or you might feel too tired!
If you need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Head to the Rec&Sport app (it’s free to download), make sure you have joined the RecCentre (it’s levy funded, but you do need to register), and then within 24hours you can access a library of on-demand workouts. You can watch our handy 3min ‘how to’ guide on Youtube, or just figure it out in-app. The classes from 10 mins – 45mins, covering kickboxing, yoga, pilates, barre and HIIT workouts. These classes will be free to all students throughout your exams.
If you can’t get the app, we also have our lockdown classes saved on our YouTube channel, saved in handy playlists, so you can go back and do some of these at your leisure.
Good luck with your exams everybody.