Increase Your Mental Performance in Class through Exercise

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Increase Your Mental Performance in Class through ExerciseThere are a wide range of reasons to be physically active – reduce the chance of diseases such as diabetes and stroke, reduce blood pressure and heart disease, lose weight and even prevent depression. However, there may be one reason for getting off the couch that you have not even thought about: getting rid of that nasty brain fog and charge your brain through exercise.

Researchers at a study at the University of British Columbia recently found that aerobic exercise, which gets your heart beating, can improve the size of your hippocampus, the part of your brain which is involved in learning and memory. Other types of training that do not involve aerobic exercise such as balance and muscle toning did not have the same effect. With dementia on the rise globally, this finding is more important than ever.

How Exercise Helps the Brain

Exercise has long been known to help your brain in a number of ways – by reducing inflammation and insulin resistance, and by stimulating the growth factors or chemicals in the brain that affect brain cells and their overall health, an improvement in the growth of blood vessels and even a growth in the number of new brain cells.

Exercise can even improve sleep (very important for business students!) and moods by a reduction in anxiety and stress levels. Several of these factors can lead to depression or cognitive impairment if they are neglected. Studies suggest that the prefrontal cortex (thinking area of the brain) and the medial temporal cortex (memory area of the brain) are larger when people exercise than when they do not. Engaging in regular exercise over a period of six months or greater can even increase the volume of the brain, as shown in recent studies.

Mental functioning may be directly controlled by certain proteins known as brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF), which directly promote the health of nerve cells. A recent study that followed young male college students with a sedentary lifestyle who tried a test both before and after 30 minutes of exhaustive aerobic exercise provides even more insight into this theory. A control set of students did not exercise and did not show this increase in brain proteins, and did approximately the same on the second set of tests as they did on their first tests – while the students in the study group who performed the thirty minutes of exercise did significantly better on the memory test after they had performed the exercise.

How Can You Test This Theory?

Just start exercising! That is the best way to see if the benefits of exercise are as great as they seem to be, just getting started is the hardest part. Not a huge amount of exercise is required, just about 120 minutes of moderately intense exercise per week, which can be broken down into a series of half an hour five days a week, or most of the days per week. Adding just a few minutes a day can help you see big gains while you work towards the goal of 120 – 150 minutes per week of moderately tiring exercise. If walking is not your favorite thing to do, consider trying something new like riding a mountain bike around campus, tennis, running, swimming, or even dancing or stair climbing or yoga. Any of these activities will get your heart pumping and your blood moving – even things as simple as raking the leaves, mopping your floor – anything that makes you break out in a light sweat shows that you are getting the job done.

No matter you exercise of choice, pick something and get moving! Even if you do not love what you are doing, keep trying different activities and combinations of activities until you find something that you can enjoy that will make you feel good about yourself – and feel even better knowing that you are staving off dementia and helping yourself be the best and brightest that you can be.

Why students are loving self-balancing scooters to get around campus

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campusIf you’ve spent any amount of time whatsoever on a college campus recently, the odds are pretty good that you’ve noticed a big chunk of the student body cruising around on top of what can only be described as hoverboards.

And though these hoverboards have wheels (as opposed to the one that Marty McFly was cruising around on in the year 2015 in Back to the Future), they are just as fun, just as exciting, and probably a lot more practical for commuting across larger campuses.

Students in general have been snapping up this advanced technology left and right, and taking advantage of all the benefits that they have to offer. If you’re looking to dive headfirst into the world of self balancing scooters but aren’t quite sure of whether or not they’re going to help you around campus, you’ll want to check out the reasons why so many students are using them already and see if they fit your needs!

Effortless transportation to and from class

You aren’t going to be able to find terribly many students that get excited about having to walk clear across campus, especially if they’ve been out the night before.

Classes today can be situated halfway across a campus or more, and that usually means a walking commute of 15 to 20 minutes – if not even longer than that. Some of it is going to be upheld, some of it is going to be inconvenient, and some of it is going to really where the students out.

On the back of a self balancing scooter, however, all of that headache and hassle goes right out the window. All you have to do is lean this way and that, and the self balancing scooter will get you there without any extra effort at all.

Reduce your commute time by two or three times

Not only is it going to be effortless for you to commute across your campus with a self balancing scooter, but it’s also going to be a lot faster!

With one of these scooters underneath your feet, you are going to be able to fly across the campus two or three times faster than you would have been able to alone, and that means that you will never going to have to worry about being late for a test or lecture ever again.

You really can’t beat the convenience of the self balancing scooters, and you’ll draw a bit of favourable attention on top of it!