In the lead up to exams instead of burying your head in the sand or getting stressed, take 20 minutes out of our day to do some exercise!

According to Harvard psychiatrist and author of the bestseller Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Dr John Ratey, it could be the key to exam success:

“Doing about 20 minutes of exercise just before taking a test or giving a speech can improve performance.”

Still don’t believe us? What if we told you that it’s been scientifically proven?

Researchers have found that a single bit of exercise such as a brisk walk increases brain activity.

An analysis published in British Medical Journal, reviewed 19 studies involving over 500 kids, teens, and young adults. The findings were incredible. Just by doing a 10 to 40 minute burst of exercise, you can immediately boost your concentration and improve mental focus. In other words, simply walking or cycling to University can set you up to mentally perform better throughout the day.

So, even if it’s just for 20 minutes a day, it’s important to remember that staying active during your exam period will help improve concentration and make your revision sessions A LOT more effective.

Here’s five ideas of how you can get that 20 minutes of exercise as you prepare for exams

  1. We have pop-up yoga sessions all around campus during the exam period so take 30 minutes out of your day and get yourself booked on!
  2. Check out our Facebook page to see the exam timetable during exams, we have sessions on 6 days a week!
  3. On the day of the exam go for a walk around the University campus. Did you know we have walking routes?
  4. We have a free weekly running session on a Tuesday so make sure you come & join us!
  5. Get Tagged! Have you tried the new social sport on campus? Campus Sport are excited to present Tag Rugby; a fun way to improve your fitness and meet new people. We have two sessions every week so you can get your exercise fix. For more information check out how you can get involved.

So, the next time you’ve had a stressful day, instead of hiding away from it – why not consider an exercise fix to help you unwind and de-stress with Campus Sport.

Good luck everybody!

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