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Keep doing sports during exams 


Whether you’re taking exams to get into college, graduate school, or simply to pass a class, they can be a stressful time. You are trying to learn new material, do your homework, and give help for CPM to your roommate while also trying to keep up with your normal routine. It can be easy to let your physical health suffer during this time, but maintaining an active lifestyle can actually help you do better on exams. Here are a few reasons why you should make time for sport even when you’re swamped with exams.

Reasons Why You Should Keep Doing Sport During Exams

Your exams are around the corner, and you’re probably wondering if it’s a good idea to keep doing your regular sport during this time. Well, here are all the reasons why you should!

It keeps control over “exam fever”

If you’ve ever had to take exams before, you probably know that there is a certain fever that goes along with the process. You’re stressed, tired, and feeling low energy due to all the studying. It’s quite frustrating, and neither getting assistance from peers nor getting online homework help seems to ease the situation. While it’s important to spend some time studying for your exams, if you go too long without getting any physical exercise, you’ll only make yourself more tired and depressed. Doing sport regularly will help keep your mood up and energy levels high throughout the exam period.

It helps to get rid of the musculoskeletal problems

When studying for tests, it’s easy to become accustomed to sitting in the same position for long periods of time. This can cause your body to go into repair mode, which can lead to headaches, back pain, and general soreness. By taking a break from studying to go for a run or work out at the gym, you’ll be able to get rid of some of these musculoskeletal problems. It also helps if you can get some sunlight while you’re exercising, as this can also help to boost your mood.

It gives more opportunities for socializing

You may discover that you have a lot of time to yourself when studying for examinations. This can make it easier to get lonely and feel down. Going to the gym or going for a run out lets you meet new people and build social connections. Making plans with people afterward also gives you an opportunity to enjoy something fun and relaxing before you dive back into your studies.

It establishes routine

It’s easy to lose track of time when you have exams coming up. Often people start to feel anxious about the exams and wonder how they’re going to fit in all their study time. 

But when you have a sports practice or a gym session booked, it helps establish a routine and reminds you of when your exams are. It’s a great way to make sure you don’t miss study time. And after your workout, you’ll feel energized and ready to tackle more study time.

It boosts your energy levels and increases concentration

Your exams are going to take a huge toll on your body and mind. To be able to cope with the stress and strain of studying for so many hours, you’re going to need all the energy you can get.

Playing your favorite sport gives you that added boost you need to get through the day. It causes your brain to release dopamine, which increases your mood and concentration. Even just 30 minutes of exercise gives you a surge of energy for hours afterwards.

It improves your sleeping pattern

Do you struggle to sleep during exams? Well, studies have shown that exercise is associated with better sleep quality. Specifically, doing aerobic exercise in the afternoon/evening will significantly improve your sleep that night. Why not join a yoga or fitness class after your studies and prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep?

It makes you happier

Feeling happy is important when exam season rolls around. Working out produces endorphins, those hormones that make you feel happy and giddy. An hour spent running or riding out on your bike can make you feel fantastic. 

Don’t stop your regular exercise routine just because exams are coming up. But be warned – staying up all night studying is not going to help you perform well on the track or on the field. But if you stick to a regular sleep schedule, exercise before exams or take a nap after studying, you’ll be feeling much better when exam day arrives.

It reduces stress

Working out releases stress and reduces anxiety – whether it’s an hour-long yoga class or a sprint session on the track. An hour spent working out can radically change your state of mind and make you feel relaxed and at ease. 

It makes you smarter

Strenuous exercise produces new brain cells (yes, you actually grow a brain while exercising!). This means you’ll have better focus and improved mental function. So if you’re running before exams, your brain will be primed and ready to receive all that information you’ve been cramming all semester.

It creates new connections between neurons, which helps you learn new skills and information. And doesn’t that sound like something you need during exam season? Get outside!

It keeps you calm

Those final pre-exam jitters can make anyone feel like they’re about to have a full-blown panic attack. But riding your bike outside or taking a run through the neighborhood can help you calm down. Getting outside into the sunshine and fresh air may do wonders for your mindset and stress levels.

How to balance sports and academics during exam season

To begin, it is important to keep in mind that there is such a thing as excessive studying. An excess of studying can cause feelings of stress and worry, which can have a severe influence on both your physical and mental health. Too much study also means you’ll get less sleep, which means you’ll have less energy for exercise and your academic performance will suffer.

So how much is too much? According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 30 minutes of vigorous exercise per day is enough to reap the physical and mental health benefits. That means 5 days of workouts per week if you’re studying 10-12 hours per day (which is considered “heavy” studying).

That certainly isn’t anything to shake a stick at, but it does mean you get time for some good, healthy sleep. And that’s important because your performance declines after around 8 hours of sleep per night.

What kind of exercise is best during exams?

Numerous scientific investigations have demonstrated that going for regular walks is beneficial to one’s cognitive health.

Your mental capacity may be improved with just a daily stroll of twenty minutes, and this won’t bring any extra stress to your day. So, put on your shoes and head out for a stroll after supper.

Meanwhile, here are some more excellent activities that can assist in boosting your mental capacity when you are studying for your exams:

1. Running

Running a mile every day can assist boost memory as well as other cognitive abilities. Studies have shown that it can improve your spatial awareness and boost your cognitive performance.

So, before your exams, lace up your running shoes and challenge yourself. Likewise, you might extend your normal run by several additional miles.

2. CrossFit

Try CrossFit if you’re not a fan of running, but you still want to work up a sweat and improve your cardiovascular health.

According to the findings of a study, people who engaged in CrossFit had lower levels of stress and higher sleep quality than those who engaged in traditional forms of exercise.

In addition, the wide range of workouts that are offered at CrossFit prevents you from being bored.

3. Yoga

The practice of yoga is excellent for reducing stress and increasing flexibility.

You’ll get the most benefit if you tack your session on before or after class begins. That way, you’ll have less time on your schedule, but you’ll still get some good stretching and relaxing benefits.

Furthermore, a number of studies have demonstrated that yoga can assist in bringing the blood pressure down.

Overall, it is clear that there are many benefits to keeping up with your sport during exams. This includes maintaining your mental health, reducing stress levels and improving your focus and concentration. However, it is important to be realistic about your expectations and to make sure that you are still getting enough rest. Make sure to speak to your coach or teacher if you are struggling to balance everything, and they will be able to offer you more specific advice.

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