Fitter Body, Fitter Brain: How Working Out Can Make You Smarter
August 27th, 2012 by Staff Writers
Getting the proper amount of exercise is one of the most important elements to maintaining a healthy, happy lifestyle. It can also keep you from making repeat visits to doctor and nursing offices. From your heart to your waistline and even your mood, working out regularly touts a wide range of benefits. For students, finding time in a busy schedule to exercise can be more challenging than the workout itself—in fact, only about 12% of students get the recommended amount of exercise for a healthy state of being. But if you’re a student struggling to find the time or motivation for a regular exercise routine, you may want to consider the benefits that a great workout can have on your smarts. Think about the money you’ll save by staying healthy and avoiding multiple doctor visits!
Studies show that exercising doesn’t just boost your health, it can also boost your intelligence and mental acuity. From elementary school all the way through college-level education, regular exercise is seen to improve test scores and even IQ levels. In fact, working out right before a test can aid in boosting performance. And for post-college motivation, employees who work out regularly tend to be more efficient than those who don’t, accomplishing more tasks in less time. The following infographic takes a closer look at just how exercise impacts your brain, and why hitting the gym might just power you through your homework assignments.
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