How Exercise Makes you Smarter and a Better Student


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everyone knows they should exercise to be healthy but it's also gonna make you better than even they to depend on half [Music] what's going on guys this is James from Mexico we all know that exercise is important and something we should incorporate regularly into our lives because a multitude of health benefits from cardiovascular to bone health decreasing the risk of diabetes etc there are a number of great health benefits but using health benefits as a motivator is unfortunately not a very compelling reason to go to the gym it has been shown that having short-term benefits such as feeling better either during or immediately after a workout is a stronger incentive to get people to work out additionally challenging yourself in a physical manner through regular exercise it makes you a better person all around and carries through all aspects of your life including your studies now here's the key point exercise forces you to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and I love that because it's so powerful this applies to any sport or athletic or any athletic endeavor that requires regular training as many top athletes have said suffering and competitive athletics is inevitable but being able to embrace the uncomfortable situation is paramount to success so this is not just an exercise but in other aspects of your life as well public speaking used to be one of my biggest fears and I absolutely hated it anytime that I had to go up and speak in front of an audience but by learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and by getting outside of my comfort zone I was able to address this weakness and even learn to actually enjoy public speaking another example I have learned that when I feel the burn during exercise or pain or discomfort instead of running away from it and trying to escape it I practice mindfulness I look at it curiously almost from a third-person perspective intrigued by what I'm feeling rather than letting it control my thoughts you can see this happen in action by doing something at the blessed planks so I'm going to challenge you to try doing a regular plank and time yourself now do it again but this time don't let the burn consume you and instead watch it curiously almost from a third person perspective see how much longer you can go so how does it help you as a student research shows that regular aerobic exercise enhances cognitive functions particularly executive functions here's the study from the International Journal of Sports Medicine link to the article is in the description below another study published in 2006 in the Journal of health psychology shows that participants who went from not exercising at all to even a modest program of two or three visits per week demonstrated decreased stress smoking alcohol and caffeine consumption their spending and study habits improved and we're overall able to improve their regulatory habits meaning their ability to carry forward even when their body and mind is begging them to stop enhance their ability to stay calm in the face of difficulties this is closely tied to discipline which you guys already know I'm a huge proponent of discipline and self regulatory behavior allows you to achieve something that you set out to do at a prior moment in time even when you don't want to do it at a later time and like I said before discipline is a muscle requiring regular exercise if you practice discipline and going to the gym regularly and eating healthier you'll find it much easier to follow a disciplined study routine that alone will make a significant difference in your grades now Charles Duhigg in the power of habit which I have recommended multiple times in the channel again link in the description below calls exercise a keystone habit meaning this change in one area of your life can bring about positive changes in many other areas these Keystone habits are powerful because they change our sense of self and our sense of what is possible as many of you have probably heard you are the some of your habits most of what we do day in and day out are simply repeated behaviors that are habits changing your habits is therefore one of the most powerful ways to change or improve yourself now the takeaway from these studies is that you don't have to exercise at a professional or Olympic level of intensity as long as you're challenging yourself you're going to reach a multitude of benefits like I said in the video explaining my own journey to medical school challenging yourself is a vital part in the process of growth and improvement challenging your muscles and body with increased exercise intensity and demand also provide the stimulus for and strengthening similarly challenging yourself in other areas of your life and getting outside of your comfort zone will help you grow in multiple different ways and you're finding it difficult to start a regular exercise routine consider the following although it may seem counterintuitive studies have shown that people whose goals are weight loss and better health spend the least amount of time exercising in this study of 335 men and women between ages 60 to 95 immediate rewards that enhance daily life such as revitalized energy improved mood and decreased stress actually offered significantly more motivation we leave a comment below on what your chosen method of exercise is personally I love cycling and weight training but I also occasionally go running or hiking if you don't regularly exercise right now how are you going to incorporate exercise into your life moving forward as always thank you guys for watching if you liked the video make sure you press that like button new videos every week so hit subscribe if you haven't already and I will see you guys in that next one