Everyone knows that exercise has many benefits, but many people forget these benefits when stressful and anxiety-inducing times come around. For students, these stressful times typically occur around finals, and they often forget about the importance of physical activity and study breaks. Students often don’t realize that exercise improves learning by optimizing your mindset to improve alertness, attention, and motivation. In fact, the best time to study is after physical activity because blood flow shifts back almost immediately after finishing exercising- leading to sharpened thinking and focus.
Over all, physical activity is one of the best ways to combat stress, and taking the time to participate in physical activity during study breaks and down time will pay off. Need some ideas for study breaks? Check out a group fitness class, take a walk down 12th South with a friend, climb the rock wall, or throw a Frisbee. Find something fun that will get you up and moving and make that study break beneficial!