Exercise w/ School by Cole Gaston

Something I was always told by my dad was that exercise/blood flow couples schoolwork hand-in-hand. He always explained that taking a break to get your blood flowing, or playing basketball in between study sessions would increase productivity. I decided to test this by playing basketball before I study for a couple days.

From October 23-27 I played basketball for two hours after my last classes each day of the week, before I started my normal studying.

The first thing I noticed was the added energy I had from the jump. After I finish playing basketball I felt an increased focus when I would begin studying. It was just like he had told me. The increased blood flow to the brain improved my ability to stay on task and focused on what was in front of me. Also, the energy and excitement from playing would make me feel more motivated to perform well on my coursework.

Overall, I saw an increase in productivity in the work done after exercise. However, is the sacrifice to work out worth the reduced, but more focused, study that it offers? In order to experience this increased energy while studying, I had to sacrifice two hours when I could also be studying.

In conclusion, I would recommend light exercise before studying/class IF you have the time and there is not something urgent that needs to be done. Basically, you just need to find a way to get you mind off of what you're working on. Like we have been taught there is a cap to how much the brain can soak in at a time. Taking breaks is very important in the learning process and is essential to moving information into long-term memory. In all, its a great tool if there is nothing else that you need to be doing.


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