We all know how hard it can be to fit anything extra into your routine when you are studying but there are so many benefits to adding a regular exercise routine in.
Chances are during the term, semester ect. you are at a computer or sitting 90% of the time either writing assignments, being in a lectures or study sessions ect. This is not good for your health. Not only is exercise just plain good for your health but it also has some great effects on your ability to learn. Over the past few years studies have shown how exercise can increase our ability to learn and take things in.
A study conducted by John Ratey M.D. (Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) showed the effects of regular exercise in schools in the US. John Ratey followed a school that implemented a fitness program for students of 30-minutes a day. When this school was tested in the national aptitude test they had the highest levels of academic achievement across the country. He followed this schools program and how it had such a fast impact on its students and there learning ability.
John's then conducted a cohort study with other schools around the US implementing similar programs in schools and monitored the outcome of the students. The programs where successful in lifting the levels of academic achievement, attentions levels and productiveness of the students.
Watch the Ted X talk Run, Jump, Learn! By John Ratey about the effect exercise has on our learning.