Want to enjoy your studies, feel happier and stay focused when it matters? See how fitness activities can have a positive effect on your wellbeing.

Health benefits of exercise

Being active has many benefits beyond staying in shape and looking healthy.

Some things you might notice after taking up an activity include:

  • an improved mood and sense of wellbeing
  • a better night’s sleep
  • reduced stress or anxiety
  • healthier skin
  • the opportunity to socialise and meet new people.

Long-term benefits

If you regularly take part in some sort of activity, some of the longer-term benefits include:

  • increased energy and motivation
  • improved academic performance
  • better body shape, reduced weight and more confidence
  • improved strength and fitness levels
  • reduced chances of heart disease, diabetes or a stroke
  • increased resilience for dealing with stressful situations.

Performing well in your studies

Even low to moderate intensity exercise is known to reduce stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, and result in improved mental functioning, higher energy and better concentration levels. All of these factors can have a positive effect on your academic performance.

Exercise increases the blood flow around the body, including the brain. Because more blood means more energy and oxygen, it can help you think more clearly.

Even a 20-minute walk can clear the mind and reduce stress levels.

Within 30 minutes of starting exercise, endorphins are release, which are natural painkillers and mood enhancers.

Read more about fitness on the NHS website.