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Activate Your Brain with Physical Activity

February 26, 2015 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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If you’re a post-secondary student or know someone who is, you know that learning something new can be stressful (as much as it can be enlightening!).A great coping mechanism for me when I was studying was to go for a jog with a classmate. This also gave us a chance to throw some questions back and forth about what we were learning. Or, I would hit the weight room to blow off stress (this was great over the colder winter months).

I’ve previously written about how being physically active has both a positive impact on grades and benefits mental health. Today, let’s look at ways University and College students (whether taking courses full-time on campus, online or studying part-time) can de-stress and increase focus by being active. If you’re living on campus, odds are you have access to fitness and aquatic facilities you can use. Otherwise, here are a few no-cost physical activity ideas:

  • Take a walk around campus. Invite a classmate for company! If you don’t live on campus, walk to a not-so-close cafe and stay to study. Or grab a snack and walk back – you’ll be grateful for the break and fresh air.
  • Try our no equipment 15 minute core routine. It can be done in small spaces like your dorm room or apartment.
  • Find a playground and use the equipment to get your heart pumping. Try this list of playground exercises.
  • Considering joining an on-campus intramural league. These are a great way to have a blast and meet new people!

Taking a break from your studies to be active is essential. The change of scenery will take your mind off the books and you’ll feel refreshed (yup, exercise does that). Plus, you’ll most likely retain information better when you hit the books again after an activity break. For extra ideas on how to be active or guidance on the best exercise for you, give the Physical Activity Line a call at 1-877-725-1149.


Related blogs:

Fitting in Physical Activity at College or University

Recommended Resources:

University of British Columbia: Stress Management for Students
Kelty Mental Health: Physical Activity

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