4 Motivations to Work Out This Spring

Thinking about skipping Gym day? You might want to think again, not only is exercise good for your heart and helps keep the “freshman 15” from making an appearance. Exercise has also been proven to help increase brain power and memory. And honey, with midterms and spring break around the corner we’re going to need all the brain power we can get! 

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Gain Energy

Do you hate the crash and exhaustion you feel after your caffeine high dies down? You’re not the only one. Regular physical activity has been proven to improve endurance and muscle strength which gives you the energy that helps you think clearer and faster. Who knew?

Focus Better

Regular Exercise helps improve your focus and memory.  Regular exercise releases endorphins which have been shown to improve memory, making it easier to memorize those equations and vocabulary terms. The brain is a muscle. The healthier this muscle is, the more information it can absorb and retain.

Be happier

I don’t know about you but the thought of any type of exam puts me in a sour mood. Who wants to spend 6 hours in a library on a beautiful day? Fret no more you debby downers! According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise releases hormones called endorphins and serotonin, which helps improve your mood and reduce symptoms of depression.

Relieve stress

Let’s be honest juggling endless amounts of homework, campus social events, and extracurricular activities can be pretty stressful. Exercise is the best way to relieve stress and tension. Whether it’s a brisk 20 minute run or jog, a yoga class or just stretching in your dorm room being active can naturally release stress and leave you feeling refreshed.

I know fitting gym time into your already busy schedule might seem like a challenge, but trust me it’s worth it. Besides not only will daily exercise help get you ready for bikini season but it will also play a role in increasing your GPA, you’re hitting two birds with one stone!

Sources: http://www.webmd.com/men/features/exercise-benefits

Vanessa Robles

About Vanessa Robles

Vanessa is a sophomore at Northeast Lakeview. She is currently majoring in Dietetics and Exercise Physiology. When she doesn’t have her head buried in a textbook you can find her at the gym, hiking with friends, taking on DIY projects, or trying out new recipes in the kitchen.