Tips: Exercise your way to Exam Success

by David Egan on June 11, 2011


Regular exercise improves exam performance!

Being physically active helps learning and improves performance in exams. Many studies have found that children who take part in vigorous physical activity tend to have higher academic grades than children who are less active.

Exercise and Stress Relief

Exercise can be used as a tool for managing stress. If your child is feeling stressed, an exercise bout can be a great way of chilling out and getting some perspective.

Take an Exercise Break!

Exercise can be a great way to break up study sessions. If your child is stuck on a particular point encourage them to take a break, stop thinking and do some exercise. They may find that when they return to study, the problem magically resolves itself.

Regular exercise breaks during study periods help to improve performance in children & young adults. Aim for a brief 5 minute active break every 20 minutes during study. Ideas for activity breaks:

  • Go for a short walk
  • Do some stretching
  • Kick a ball around, or play catch
  • Swing your arms about!

Exercise and Avoiding Illness

Exam stress can affect the immune system. If your child picks up a lot of coughs and colds it will be harder for them to concentrate and do well in their exams.

When a young person takes regular exercise, it strengthens their immune system and they are less likely to suffer from the common cold and other respiratory tract infections.

Exercise & Mood

Moderate exercise helps your “mood state” – in other words, taking some exercise can make your child feel less grumpy! Exercise releases chemicals in your brain called endorphins, which give a natural lift.

Exercise Tips

  • Encourage your child to take some light exercise each day during their revision period
  • Make sure they take part in a vigorous exercise session at least 3 days per week: sports, aerobics or dance
  • Warm up exercises are a great way to break up study sessions encourage your child to circle their hips, swing their arms up and down, jog on the spot or go for a walk
  • Remember the brain is part of the body and it won’t work properly if you don’t get adequate exercise
  • If your child is a keen sports person encourage them to include training sessions in to their study plan

Following these simple guidelines for exercise and ensuring your child has a healthy diet will help them to perform at their best.

Remember “a healthy body equals a healthy mind”!

Do your kids take exercise breaks while studying? Do your kids spend less time being active during the run-up to the exams? Make a comment below and let us know!


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