5 ways exercise can boost your brain

August 25, 2016

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Looking to get a leg up on the assignments and lessons facing you as you study online? Try getting your legs, arms and the rest of your body pumping with some exercise. Here are five ways that incorporating exercise into your study routine can have a positive impact on your brain and, therefore, your learning.

1)      Less stress

When you’re under stress, your body promotes the creation of a hormone called cortisol. This hormone can hinder your brain’s sharpness and make it harder for you to process information quickly. Exercise helps lower cortisol levels while also aiding in the construction of new nerve cells in your hippocampus, giving you a better chance of retaining that Diploma of Accounting lesson you just read!

2)      Stick with it

A University of Iowa study showed that students that got in the habit of doing regular cardiovascular exercise transferred those habits to their learning. Findings showed that the commitment required to stick with a running program can manifest itself in students persisting with long-term goals not related to fitness, such as finishing an online course.

3)      Less fatigue

You probably feel drained after a tough exercise session, and that’s all good. But during exercise your body releases dopamine and serotonin into your brain, which actually gives it energy. Exercise also helps create mitochondrial cells in your brain that help stave off mental fatigue. Sounds pretty useful for those nights when you’re trying to get through your Diploma of Counselling course work, doesn’t it?

4)      Insulin insurance

One of the best things about studying online is that it’s an avenue open to people of all ages. But, as you grow older, your brain cells become resistant to valuable insulin that’s used to process glucose (also known as blood sugar) that gives you energy. Strong exercise habits can help lessen the chances of insulin resistance, keeping your brain (and the rest of your body) in tip-top condition even as you age.

5)      Bountiful BDNF

Despite being a mouthful, brain-derived neurotrophic growth factor (BDNF) helps your body grow neurons that strengthen the connection between different parts of your brain. BDNF is released during aerobic exercise, so find a way to squeeze in 20-30 minutes of activity whenever you get a chance.

Relying on scientifically proven ways to learn more efficiently can benefit you greatly as you try to complete your online course. Turn to BCA National, one of Australia’s most trusted RTOs for more great online studying tips.