Activity Boosts Brain Power & Keeps You Connected!

  Aug 17

Want the secret to your brain performing at its best? The answer is to get your blood pumping with physical activity!

After reading John Ratey’s Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,

I learned that exercise is not only good for your bod, but also for your success as a student.

Exercise is a form of stress because it requires your body to react to changes happening inside. My first thought: Why try to add more stress to a college student’s life? Well, according to experts, your body needs the positive stress of exercise to make your cells stronger. 

Assuming that the stress is not too severe and recovery time is allowed, your mental machinery will come out stronger.

runners at adventure race

By strengthening your cells, you’ll improve your rate of learning. This happens because the attraction between synapses in your brain increases, which aids in processing new information.

Ratey also said that the best time to use your brain is right after exercising.  So, by going for a quick run around Lake Alice before studying for my Economics final, I’ll be able to resist distractions, improve concentration and process information more quickly. If I turn this into habit, passing the class should be a breeze.

Living in motion benefits more than just brainpower. Studies show that physical activity also boosts confidence and motivation to create connections with people. Your involvement in RecSports can help you build a community!

standup paddle board yoga participants at lake wauburg

Find out how you can “Live in Motion” in a ton of different ways at Recstravaganza, our welcome-back bash at Southwest Recreation Center. On Thursday, August 24 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., we’ll celebrate carnival-style and have info on sport clubs, outdoor recreation, nutrition and more!

Come earn a FREE t-shirt, ask questions, and mingle with others. You’ll find me in the line for free pizza!

-Taylor Norberg, UF RecSports Marketing Assistant