Exercise Improves Academic Performance

A few months ago, I was asked to contribute to the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business’ blog. Having graduated from there 4 years ago, I’m grateful that I was asked to write about the impact that keeping fit and healthy has on your academic career. It was definitely an honour for me to be contacted by this high profile educational institution to contribute content.

Peter B. Gustavson School of Business is a top-ranked business school in the world.

In my article, I discussed some of the challenges I faced during my academic years, particularly when it comes to health and fitness. If there is one thing that I wish I did more of in my first and second year of university, exercise would be it. For the first two years of university, I didn’t exercise as much as I should have and did not make much time for myself.

Although focusing on assignments, term papers and tests is a good thing to be doing during your university years, it’s very important to focus on yourself and your health. Being active in university and making about half hour a day to exerice will pay off big. The healthier you feel, the better you will be able to handle the day-to-day stresses of being a student. This, in turn, will improve your academic performance significantly.

I also shared ways in which students can incorporate exercise into their day without spending too much time or money. At a minimum, all you really need is half hour to an hour a day for exercise, roughly three times a week. There are 168 hours in a week and all you need to do is dedicate 1.5-3 of those hours to exercise (less than 2% of your week).

Many studies have shown that physical activity improves cognitive function and memory. Being physically active also stimulates the growth of new neurons. Therefore, the better your brain functions, the better your academic performace will be. This, in turn, will also help you do better in the workforce after you graduate.

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