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Four activities that can help increase academic performance

Monday March 20, 2017
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Physical activity is important to include in our daily routines. Being physically active can increase overall health and can offset serious diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. It can also help with weight control and improve overall mental health. Recent studies have shown that physical activity may also be linked to better academic performance in students. Physical activity creates the best environment for increased cognitive functions in the brain. Increased cognitive functions contribute to better academic performance. Ultimately, hitting the gym, swimming and even attending a few fitness classes may improve your academic performance.

Here are four different ways you can boost your cognitive functions to help you in class.

  1. Hit the gym

Taking advantage of the fitness centre is probably one of the easiest ways to improve your academic performance. It has all the exercise equipment you need and all students who pay ancillary fees have access.

  1. Join a fitness class

Gee-Gees Rec offers a variety of free drop-in sessions and drop-in sports every week so check out our calendar and plan your activities. If you want to take it to the next step and hold yourself more accountable, register for a fitness class!

  1. Swim

Swimming is an intense sport as it utilizes almost every muscle in the human body. Activities like swimming can help to increase the production of the human growth hormone also known as HGH. The HGH hormone has various benefits for the human body which include increasing brain volume. Ultimately, this helps to improve cognitive functions. Intense physical activity like swimming also increases the creation of new brain cells and helps current brain cells live longer. So, if you find yourself needing extra brain power before a test, try swimming. Check out our calendar for drop-in timings.

  1. Run

Physical activity not only increases the production of BDNF but it is also known to produce feel-good endorphins. Exercises like running reduce stress which signal the release of feel-good hormones. Reducing stress will not only help you at school but it will also help you at work and at home. The best way to relieve stress is to exercise for at least 30 minutes. Essentially, activities that elevate your heart rate and make you break out into a sweat are most beneficial. They leave you feeling energized and optimistic. Feeling energized and optimistic will help your productivity at school and possibly boost your academic performance.