Does exercising make you smarter?
Yes it does. This may sound like a subjective answer and topic but there has been a lot of research done on this topic. The overwhelming conclusion is that the healthier you are (physically), the better you are at studying and learning. Not to mention the million other positive side effects of exercising.
Google ‘positive effects of exercise’ and you will encounter a barrage of articles. If you don’t have the time to do that then I will help you out and list some positive effects of exercise right off the top of my head.
- More energy
- Better mood
- Less stress
- Good distraction
- Reduces risk of diabetes
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
But how do these things actually make you smarter?
Great question! Thanks for asking.
My very first job at the age of 18 was a telemarketing gig (it sucked). Our supervisors would encourage us to get up and walk around every two hours or so to get the blood flowing and get hyped. From firsthand experience I can tell you that after getting my blood flowing and getting my energy up I would be able to perform better with customers. You have probably seen this in movies. For example, Wolf of Wall Street or in real life where salesman getting hyped for a sale or a banker going crazy and having super high energy levels. The way this correlates with exercise is that this is a naturally occurring phenomenon when you perform in rigorous activity.
Although there is a lot of data that backs up exercise and health/productivity nothing is definitive.
Even if you don’t believe that exercise will make you smarter, keep in mind that exercise WILL make you healthier!
“Ever since I started running a few months ago, I have not gotten sick!” –Amy Tam