It feels like just last week that my screen saver was my academic schedule and we were all participating in September frosh week events. Time flew by and we are now entering the most dreadful month among all university students; the April exam period. Summer is so close but yet so far away. Painful memories of last April are beginning to trickle in, stress, all-nighters, emotional breakdowns and way to much coffee. How can one go about coping with this? Exercise is a great place to start!

By exercising and getting your heart rate up you get the blood flowing in your body and most importantly to your brain. This will enhance your learning when you return to studying as you will be energized, more alert and have an easier time focusing. As much brain power is used while studying, exercise is extremely beneficial as it delivers nutrients to the brain.

Exercise releases “feel good hormones” and promotes positive thinking. I personally have mentioned to my fiends many times that when I go for a run, I only think positive thoughts. Thus, running has become an effective tool for myself to reduce stress, anxiety and even sadness when I am feeling down. Positive thinking is very important during exam time as it becomes easy to doubt yourself and your knowledge when you become overwhelmed and stressed.

Exercising can also help you to relax and calm down. As stress interferes with your ability to remember things, a quick exercise break when studying becomes overwhelming would be beneficial for your brain to learn and store information properly. Feeling relaxed is important as many people can being to feel restless or have a hard time focusing when experiencing stress.

Most if not all of us at Brock have endured the physical pain of sitting in a plastic chair in the library for hours at a time. Neck strain from staring at a laptop or writing notes, an achy back that needs serious cracking, and tired, heavy eyes. Taking small breaks to be active will keep your body loose and reduce the uncomfortable strains that come with sitting for long periods of time.

When told the importance of exercising during exam time, many claim that they do not have enough time to fit in a workout. However, your exercise does not have to be long or extremely strenuous to be effective. A 20 minute walk or jog could be enough to take the edge off and help you to re-focus when you return to the books. Not to mention how much better you will feel in comparison to the sluggish and tired feeling you would endure by sitting down all day with your head in your books. With this being said, along with exercising is the importance of eating good food and making sure your eating enough. Stress can often curb one’s appetite, but you must remember that your brain needs food just like your belly does !