Can Regular Exercise Improve GPA?

January 29, 2019

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Find Out How Exercising On A Regular Basis Can Improve Overall Academic Performance

A recent study conducted by researchers at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan sought out to answer the question: do students who exercise on a regular basis achieve better grades in school? The answer they found? Yes. The study found that on average, students who exercised at a vigorous intensity for seven days each week had GPAs that were 0.4 points higher than those who didn’t exercise. 

For most if not all people, exercising seven days per week is not feasible, or even recommended. So, if you are a person who does not work out seven days per week, don’t panic – because most people do not. There were some margins for error in the study including the fact that students who perform well in school tend to be more likely to exercise, meaning that a high work ethic could translate from academics to exercise performance.

However, there have been other instances where researchers have found that increasing physical activity and fitness can improve academic performance. It has been found that memory and cognitive functions are improved with physical activity, as well as the ability to focus if breaks are taken to exhibit physical activity. So – there is some truth and evidence to the idea that exercise can improve physical activity. Other benefits can include: 

  • Increased blood and oxygen to the brain 
  • Improved verbal and math test score 
  • Improved mood and overall well-being

If you are new to exercise and want to begin in hopes that it will improve your academic performance, try to start slow with simply walking or trying a UNH Group Exercise class! 

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