Feb 28, 2014

Importance of Physical Activity during exams.

It has been proved over and over again in Research that children  who play sports or who are physically active do better in school. It is advantageous to do regular exercise since it makes  the various organs of the body stronger. It also help improve general circulation, facilitate increased blood flow to the brain, and are instrumental in raising the levels of norepinephrine and endorphins - all of which may reduce stress, improve mood, induce a calming effect,
and perhaps as a result improve achievement.

One should always take a break amidst long hours study and should go for physical activities or exercise in form of sports. However, these breaks should not be too long as they may then affect the tempo of studies. Taking a break and going for physical activities like sports for around 10-30 minutes after every 45-50 minutes of continuous study rejuvenates your body, mind and soul. Studying regularly for more than 50 minutes leads to lower concentration level.

  • Regular exercise makes heart muscles become stronger, digestion becomes efficient and skin also gets a glow since the pores open up.
  • Consider the exercises that enable you to build skill related and health related fitness.
  • Choose exercises that you enjoy so that you can have fun. If exercising is fun, you’ll be more likely to stick with the program for life.
  • If you face any kind of problem in carrying out these activities, consult your health care provider. You can start with :
  •  Walking or cycling 15 minutes a day at least thrice a week.
  •  Swimming or playing any sport once a week.
  •  Going for a jog in the evening for 15 minutes thrice a week.

What stops us from Doing Physical Activity?
  •  Self-efficacy – ‘I don’t need it’.
  • Preference for indoor activities: TV electronic games & computer.
  • Low energy level: ‘Junk food’ slows down desire for physical activity.
  • Low level of Motivation.
  • Time constraints.
  • Emphasis on academics - force to decrease in physical activity                                                                
 Source: Exam Stress from Expression India...

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