Today, I ran my first four miles for 2017, after a six week break over the Christmas period. While running a thought came to me. The title of today’s post – Healthy body, healthy mind.
A healthy body supports a healthy mind, which improves focus and concentration, a perfect ingredient for those who are studying.
Let me be open from the onset, I am a running enthusiast, I enjoy exercising, and I am always encouraging others to join me for a run or an exercise session. I enjoy running so much, I have ran three marathons, three half marathons and a few 10K runs. Cross country running is my favourite, running for miles across the countryside with only cows, sheep and the odd rambler. It is great! I always feel energised, clear headed and content. Some of my best ideas have been sparked while I have been running.
Why am I sharing this? Because I believe exercise is a huge benefit to those who are on their academic journey. It definitely helped me.
Any form of aerobic exercise is good for the brain. Once your heart rate has increased, the blood in your body increases, so extra blood filled with oxygen and nutrients is being pumped to your brain. The effect, enhanced brain function and performance, such as problem solving, decision making and increase attention.
If you are not into exercise, try going for a 20 minute brisk walk and increase the distance over time. If there is no time to go to a gym, do a 20 minute workout at home. I am more than happy to share some of my home workouts with you, if you are interested.
Give it ago and reap the physical and mental benefits.