It may seem like routine knowledge to some but to others we tend to forego these 3 important pillars leading into stressful times of our years. Utilizing exercise as a tool to alleviate stress during exam periods holds immense value for students. Physical activity offers an effective outlet, facilitating better blood circulation throughout the body and brain. Amid the pressure of exams, individuals often grapple with heightened anxiety and prolonged study hours. However, incorporating movement into their routine can alleviate stress and cognitive strain, resulting in a refreshed mindset for further study. Activities as simple as taking a stroll amidst nature or engaging in a brisk walk with a friend on campus can yield significant health benefits.

The impact of exercise during exam season extends beyond stress reduction. Regular physical activity, typically 20 minutes of aerobic exercise done 3-4 times weekly, acts as a stress buffer, diminishing pre-exam anxiety. Furthermore, exercise fosters increased confidence and provides a valuable respite from academic pressures. Research underscores the calming effects of physical activity, particularly in individuals prone to high anxiety. Studies primarily focus on aerobic exercises, alongside emerging evidence supporting mind-body practices like yoga and tai chi, all which aid in stress reduction and enhanced coping mechanisms during taxing academic endeavours.

Exercise profoundly influences brain function, memory retention, focus, and sleep patterns. It fosters neuroplasticity, facilitating the formation of new brain connections and cells, thereby enhancing cognitive function and memory. Additionally, exercise contributes to improved sleep quality by promoting deeper sleep stages and reducing sleep onset latency. Adequate sleep is instrumental in consolidating and processing information acquired during study sessions, thereby bolstering concentration levels.

Team sport, to a students mental health, can be so much more beneficial than just winning games.

For less physically active students, embarking on a leisurely walk can confer numerous benefits, including heightened focus, reduced stress levels, increased creativity, and improved learning and memory capabilities. Moreover, walking offers a reprieve from constant technological engagement, which can be mentally taxing. Its simplicity and accessibility make walking an ideal means of incorporating physical activity into busy schedules, promoting overall health and well-being.

Maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet is imperative during exam season to sustain optimal cognitive function and energy levels. Prioritize whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins while steering clear of sugary, caffeinated, and processed foods. Adequate hydration is equally vital, with students advised to consume 8-10 glasses of water daily to stave off fatigue and support cognitive performance.

The Outdoors Club provides so many activities to help you take a break from your textbooks.

So what are you waiting for? Arc Sport provides various avenues for students to engage in physical activity - Check out what sports and activities we have on offer here at UNSW.

Wishing all students success in their exams!