The Importance Of Exercise While Studying Abroad

Importance of exercise

Written by Muskan Behune

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November 25, 2020

Even if you are planning to start your University life or you are already a student studying in the University, it’s quite unlikely that you are into exercising regularly unless you are a fitness freak or studying sports science. If that will be the case, then probably you are super-healthy already and you know the importance of exercise.

We are aware that students might engage in health-risking lifestyle behaviors, especially when it comes to food because some junk food might be appealing after a night out but isn’t the best idea. 

It can be challenging to find time to exercise when you’re already trying to balance work, University, and social life, but as there are several student accommodations such as UniAcco providing on-site gym facilities, it is easier for you to manage it with everything else. Working out or exercising regularly is not only a great way to stay in shape while you study, but also has several other benefits such as

Exercise Improves Concentration

Research shows that only 20 minutes of exercise before you start studying can strengthen your concentration power and can help you focus on studying. This is because strenuous physical activity causes blood to flow to the brain, which then burns up your neurons and promotes cell growth.

Different kinds of exercise affect the brain in different ways, which means certain forms of physical activity can benefit you to concentrate better than others. You can start out by taking a quick walk to your next lecture, as simple as that.

If you get some time before starting your classes in the morning, try out some yoga positions, as these are a great way to learn self-discipline and how to keep your mind focused. There are several local gyms that offer student discounts on yoga classes and you can try it out for minimal cost.

Exercise Boosts Your Mood

It’s essential to remain enthusiastic throughout the days when you are studying, even if the work piles up. Attempting to keep a positive mindset will empower you to stay focused and captivated through your lectures and exams, but it isn’t always the simplest thing to do. Exercise has been found to tackle mild-to-moderate depression as efficiently as medication, so taking the time to exercise before you start studying will keep you in the right frame of mind for learning.

There can be times while you are in the University when the workload becomes stressful and you freak out, which can influence your mood and cause you to lose focus. Improving your physical health with the help of exercise can have a positive influence on the brain and help to relieve stress.

Exercise Improves Your Physical Health

This is a very obvious importance of exercise but as we all know exercise is a validated method when it is about improving your physical health. Experts have found that there is a strong connection between being physically healthy and delivering powerful academic performance. This is because low-intensity exercises or yoga can give our energy levels the much-needed boost, which is excellent for when you’re reaching the end of those back-to-back lectures and the exhaustion kicks in.

Here are some ways how you can start exercising regularly

Find A Workout Buddy

An amazing way to stay on top of your fitness goals and to start working out is very easy with a workout partner. This partner may be anyone from your study abroad program, your roommate, or a local friend whom you’ve just met. Another advantage is that they’ll make your health goals a little more fun and can help you stay on track as long as you both are committed to it. Creating a shared calendar to schedule meetups will be easy for both of you.

Try to cook more often

When you’re not going out for lunch or dinner, think about how you can be a healthier chef. If you are lucky enough to have a dorm or apartment with a kitchen, take advantage of it, and cook for yourself during the majority of the week.

Cooking at home doesn’t have to be boring. You can always try looking for neighborhood markets bustling with locals. Practice cooking some of the dishes you’ve enjoyed most or invite classmates over for a dinner party. Your body will certainly thank you later.

Overall, realizing the importance of exercise and making the effort to stay healthy overseas can improve your study abroad experience by helping you make new friends, adjusting to local customs, and gain energy, better sleep, and an immune system boost. If you are someone who loves exercising then maintaining your routine abroad doesn’t have to be difficult. But if you were a lazy person, beginning a healthy lifestyle abroad can be an excellent idea. 

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