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Make study fun: Exercising your body and brain

Feeling bogged down with schoolwork? Finding it tricky to balance study and fitness? We know it’s important to prioritise both: they contribute to your wellbeing and success. So why not combine the two?

To help you make the most of your time and achieve a healthy work-life balance, we’ve come up with three effective ways you can combine study and exercise. With these tips, you won’t just maintain an active lifestyle – you’ll also improve your focus during study sessions.

Take active study breaks

Incorporating short physical activities during your study breaks can help refresh your mind and energise your body. Here are some ideas for quick body movement between study:

  • 10 minute yoga session
  • Taking your dog (or just yourself) for a short walk
  • 3 minute dance to your favourite song
  • Do some stretching
  • Some light cardio – maybe a quick run
  • Jump rope for 1 song
  • Bike down the road
  • A scientifically supported 7 minute workout

These activities help increase blood flow to your brain, promoting better focus and retention when you return to your studies.

Listen to audiobooks and podcasts

Use your exercise time to listen to audiobooks or podcasts related to your studies. If you’re a university student, this could be an awesome way to get through your recorded lectures.

By listening to something related to your studies while exercising, you can absorb new information while engaging in physical activities such as jogging, cycling, or walking. Plus, the combination of exercise and learning can help enhance memory retention, and make your study (or exercise) experience more enjoyable.

Start an active study group

Organise a study group with your friends that incorporates physical activities into your study sessions.

For example, you could have a short discussion about a specific topic while walking, or take breaks to play team sports like basketball or soccer. This approach will enable you to combine social interaction with both learning and exercise, making it more engaging and fun.

Want more?

We have loads more to explore on our website, like this article on 10 ways to study that aren’t boring.

You can also find more study and wellbeing tips here.

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