Four ways exercise can relieve exam anxiety
Feeling sluggish and de-motivated during the exam period? Exercise could be the fix you need. It might seem like you don't have the time for anything but revision right now, but taking time to fit in some movement can have huge benefits. Find out why exercise is essential during the exam period.
1. Exercise relieves anxiety and stress
The bad news? Stress slows down the brain’s ability to process information, making it more difficult for us to concentrate and focus, which in turn can greatly impact your exam performance. The good news? There is a cure! Exercise cranks up the body’s production of serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good brain chemicals which helps create a happier and healthier mood. Even a quick 20 minute session can radically change your mental and physical state, especially if you have been sitting in the library all day.
2. Exercise improves memory retention
Finding it harder and harder to remember those Shakespeare quotes? Or the almost impossible answer to that biology question? Fitting in regular exercise into your routine can quite literally “jog” your memory. Exercise releases endorphins, also known as nature's mood elevator, which has been shown to improve memory and boost your brain-building hormones. So next time you’re stuck for revision, try getting outside and let your brain do its magic!
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3. Exercise increases focus and concentration
Regular exercise releases brain chemicals key for memory, concentration, and mental sharpness at the same time as lifting your mood, lowering stress and anxiety all of which contribute to brain health. Studies show that regular exercise helps you manage complex tasks, organise and razor sharpen your focus which is great for those long revision sessions or particularly complex exam questions.
4. Exercise boosts your energy
Feeling slumped? The more you move, the more energized you will feel. Regular physical activity improves your muscle strength and brain power, giving you the energy you need to think clearer and come up with new ideas. A good 15 minute break from revision to move around, even just around your living room, makes your body produce more energy whilst also making you feel happier. So instead of scrolling through your phone for 15 minutes, try out a free YouTube workout.