Sweat Sesh = Better Grades!
It’s that time of year again. Courses may almost be done and your teacher could be reviewing the semester’s work. And you know what that means – exams are right around the corner!
Or, maybe just a big test or two before the winter break. No stress there. Right?
According to a University of British Columbia study, aerobic exercise can help improve your memory and thinking skills. Whenever you get your heart pumping enough for your T-shirt to spot sweat stains, the size of the hippocampus (the area in your brain in charge of verbal memory and thinking) gets larger. Fascinating, right? We dare you to try it!
Why don’t you…
A) Go for a 20-minute speed walk or run. Snow on the ground should not derail you either. Put on your boots, you know the ones that go up to your knees, along with a cozy hat, a scarf and mittens too. Choose a coat that you can walk freely in, perhaps one that has a pocket for your smartphone to play some tunes and voila! You are ready to venture outside! Walk around your block a few times. Maybe 3 or 4 songs worth. And don’t be alarmed if your legs begin to itch. The cold triggers the release of histamine and other chemicals in the bloodstream which means that the nerves in your legs are just waking up.
B) Take a dance class. Google what’s around your neighbourhood and see what strikes your fancy. You may awaken an old childhood activity that you used to love. If you’re in the GTA check out one of our faves @frontandcentredance. Another option is to choose a secluded spot in your house, put on a dance mix, place in your earbuds and boogie your butt off like nobody’s watchin’. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle and a towel too. Before you know it, you’ll need both.
C) Then apply to Harvard. “What? Like it’s hard?” said Elle Woods from @legallyblondemovies. We’re kidding! Or maybe not. But seriously, try options A & B then study for a test and see what happens!