Exercise for Exam Successadmin
“Mens sana in corpore sano” is a Latin phrase, usually translated as “A healthy mind in a healthy body” and has been around since Roman times, but how does this relate to exercise?
Exercise helps to oxygenate your brain and helps to release tension. It has a calming effect, helping with mental relaxation, and this in turn will help you to study more efficiently.
Top exercise tips
- Don’t cram
It’s widely accepted that you cannot revise effectively for prolonged periods of time.
Some suggest a 50 minute revision session with a 10 minute break, whereas some have suggested a 20 minute session with a 5 minute break.
Every person is individual, and as such, each person retains information differently; ultimately, taking regular breaks is the key.
This will ensure that you stay productive and ensure you have the best chance of retaining what you have just worked on.
A short walk around the block can be sufficient to help you clear your head, enabling you to return refreshed to your studies.
- Set a routine
“All work and no play….” is a well-known proverb, and one that is often undervalued! A well balanced routine of work and play is so important during revision.
You might find it difficult to maintain a regular exercise schedule, but doing so will almost certainly reap its rewards. Ideally, try to get active at least every other day of the week.
- Learn what works best for you
Planning a routine will help to ensure you exercise during periods when you know you won’t be studying. Some people prefer to study (or have the time) in the morning, whereas some are night owls. If you can plan some exercise around your study schedule, then you won’t miss out on valuable revision (or exercise) time.
- Get walking!
I know you’ve probably heard it a million times, but walking really is very beneficial. Not only for your health, but it can also help you to relax, focus your thoughts, and leave you feeling refreshed and energised.