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Run a bit to keep your grades fit. Study Naturally: the balanced way to increase your GPA.

Exercise Is the Best Medicine

Run a bit to keep your grades fit.

Exercise is a great way to improve brain function. It improves your brain’s ability to focus by increasing your blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and glucose to the brain while taking away waste products. Recent studies show that exercise can even stimulate the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus—the memory center of the brain.

Exercise improves your brain’s ability to focus by increasing your blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and glucose to the brain while taking away waste products. When paired with other Study Naturally techniques, exercise can improve your focus and help you achieve academic success.

"I Don't Exercise. Where Do I Start?"

Choose a Minimum

Your body will benefit from several 10-minute exercise activities throughout the day. 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity weekly is recommended. Try to do a little each day.

Focus on Steps or Distance

Sometimes it’s easier to have a goal other than time. Try working up to walking or running 10,000 steps or 8 kilometres per day.

Don’t Try Too Much Too Soon

You may become discouraged and quit, so start slowly and progress gradually. Do not over-exert yourself.

Practice Safety Precautions

Stretch before you begin, wear a helmet, walk in well-lit areas or with a partner, and drink plenty of water.

Do It with a Group

You will likely be more motivated to exercise if you involve your family and friends.

Whatever You Do, Make Sure You Enjoy It

Find an activity you enjoy doing. You will be more likely to stay involved with your exercise program.

Benefits of Exercise

Boosts Your Endorphins

Exercise helps your brain produce feel-good neurotrans-mitters called endorphins. These will help you shed tension and focus on a single task.

Helps Improve Sleep

A moderate amount of daily aerobic exercise can help improve sleep quality and reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, leaving you less tired during the day.

Boosts Energy Levels

Exercise improves blood circulation, helping you stay alert.

Improves Memory

Exercising at regular intervals leads to the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, helping your memory. Research suggests that aerobic exercise training can lead to improvements in attention, processing speed, and executive functioning. Exercise can also prevent age-related memory loss.

Reduces Stress

Exercise helps burn off chemicals such as adrenaline, which can help reduce stress.

Distracts from Negative Thinking

When you exercise you can get away from stress-inducing circumstances for a while. Exercise also helps distract from negative thoughts.

Exercise and Exams

During exam times you may feel unable to take much time off from studying. Instead of giving up on exercise completely, try taking small, regular breaks to refresh your body and mind. Take a walk around the library or campus.

Think about what times of day you study best. Some people find doing homework easier in the morning while others are more productive in the afternoon. Plan your day and fit some exercise around your study plan.

"What Should I Do When I Can't Focus?"

Visit the PAC

Check out the PAC on campus. Get in your daily exercise by visiting the Fit Centre, climbing wall, indoor track, or pool. The PAC also offers a wide range of fitness classes. For more information, visits Campus Recreation Services.

Join an Intramural Team

Join a competitive or recreational team. Intramural sports include badminton, basketball, curling, dodgeball, floor hockey, football, futsal, hockey, innertube basketball, innertube water polo, slo-pitch, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. For more information, visit Campus Recreation Intramurals.

Check Out Campus Walking Routes

You have access to some of the best indoor and outdoor walking paths in Saskatoon right from campus. See all of the routes.


Fit Tips

  • Go for a walk around the bowl or along the tunnels as a study break
  • Take the stairs rather than the elevator.
  • Add steps to your day—park far away, walk to a further bus stop, or take the long way to class.
  • Use readily available household products as well as your own body weight to build strength For example use a strong box for step-ups.
  • Take up a new hobby like yoga, dancing, or gardening.

"What If I Exercise Too Much?"

It can be tempting to apply the “more is better” philosophy to exercise, but the benefits of physical activity are actually reversed if you do too much.

Signs of Overtraining

  • Exercise feels harder than usual
  • Muscles and joints are regularly stiff and sore
  • You are tired and sluggish
  • Slower recovery from workouts
  • Frequent headaches or stomach pains
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Frequent sore throats or colds

If you find yourself putting your workouts above everything else in your life—studies, relationships, or other activities—and you are not training for a specific short-term goal, talk to a counsellor or health provider at Student Wellness Centre.

Study Naturally Techniques

Use all the Study Naturally techniques together to help reach your academic goals!

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