Exercise for Online Students

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Posted on February 13th, 2011

College students spend immense amounts of effort and time on stationary pursuits of the mind. Research shows, however, that these students may not be using their brains at their fullest potential if they are not getting regular physical exercise. As the saying goes, a healthy body is a healthy mind and college students are no exception.

Exercise has countless benefits for an individual of any age. Performing some form of physical activity daily can significantly boost your metabolism. With a higher metabolism comes a stronger immune system, leading to a healthier you. Furthermore, exercise is known to improve attention span, enhance memory, and aid in learning. Of particular importance for college students, exercise helps relieve stress and maintain mental stability.

We all know that spending hours sitting in front of the television or playing the latest video game is not exactly the healthiest option for our body. But all too often, college students forget that studying for long hours at a desk exercising the brain is not the healthiest option for the body either. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that people get at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity most days of the week. However, finding the time to work out an hour everyday can be difficult for a student.

Devising a regular exercise routine may be one answer to establishing successful study habits and time management skills. Remaining focused and attentive to the material at hand is one of the most difficult aspects of being an online student. A student who goes to school from home has an unlimited amount of distractions available to them. While studies show that consistent daily exercise promotes alertness and attentiveness, forcing oneself to maintain a daily schedule may also help with time management.

College students face huge amounts of stress and anxiety, be it an upcoming exam or a difficult term paper. Exercise may be the answer to overcoming that stress. Regular exercise releases endorphins into the brain which can lift ones mood and fight depression. A subtler benefit exercise can have is greater self-confidence. This may make you feel more comfortable with your schoolwork and make it easier for you to perform well in the academic world.

Although hours of studying burns mental energy, both your body and mind need physical exercise to function at their fullest potential. So, get out and walk, jog, or swim. You wouldn’t want to waste your brains’ potential just because you stared at a book for too long.

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