The great news is that even just a little bit of exercise can completely change your life. Your brain, mental health, physical health, appearance, and much more is improved with even just a half-hour of exercise added to each day. For all of the elements of life that exercise improves, a half-hour saves a lot of time. For example, if you exercise your sleep will be deeper, and instead of needing to set aside an extra hour to get more sleep you could do a half-hour of exercise and get deeper sleep throughout the whole night. Or from adding exercise to your day, your focus and attention will be improved and your productivity greatly improved. This will help keep you from wasting time at work and in school.
Doctor Karen Postal has conducted research on the cognitive benefits of exercise. Her results show that exercise, especially aerobic activity, directly improves concentration and focus. According to Doctor Postal, “following a half-hour of strenuous exercise, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex works harder to resist distracters and performance on tests of attention improves.” Regular exercise is incredibly beneficial for students to improve their productivity in their studies and increase their memory and attention span.
Dwellstudent also discusses the benefits of exercise for student’s brains and their concentration. The author claims, “intense physical activity causes blood to flow to the brain, which then fires up your neurons and promotes cell growth, particularly in the hippocampus”. Both Dwellstudent and Doctor Postal claim that aerobic activity performed directly before studying or taking an exam is optimal to obtain optimal results.