For today’s post I wanted to share an article with you all that I found to be both interesting and appropriate. This past April, Perdue University released a study that found a positive correlation between students GPA’s, and their time spent in the university’s recreation center. According to the study, “students who worked out at Purdue’s gym at least once a week were more likely to earn a higher grade point average than students who visited less or not at all” (Neubert, April 2013). To get this information, the university used the student ID’s to match them with their GPA’s. Continuing on that, the study also found that students who visited the Rec 16 times a month (approximately 3-4 times a week) had an average GPA of 3.1, and students who visited the Rec seven times a month (approximately 1-2 times a week) had an average GPA of 3.06.
I found this article to be very fitting, especially as the semester is starting to really gear up and it might seem harder to find time to squeeze the Rec into your schedule. Within the past few years, numerous studies have also found this same trend between exercise and schoolwork. In fact, a literature review the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that over half of the studies found a positive correlation between physical fitness and academic achievement. Some did find “no effect”, and any that found negative correlations had the potential to be a result of “chance”. Whether the exercise was recreational or team-based, the research was prevalent for students at every age (Carollo, January 2012). Click here to take a more in depth look at this information in its entirety.
Research is finding this direct association due to the fact that exercise improves cognitive function, which essentially means it improves ones ability to think and process information. In addition to improving one’s ability to reason, the article also discusses how regular exercise helps deflate the issues with obesity, diabetes, and other health concerns, which are also linked psychological issues, all of which can effect classroom performance. They also stated that college students that took the time to visit the rec were generally found to have better time management skills overall. More specifically, exercising regularly can aid in the stress and sleeping departments for students. Being able to exercise reduces stress, even if it may not feel like it at the time. You also become more tired by the end of the day when you exercise, therefore bettering your chances of a good night sleep. Remember in January when I blogged about the importance of sleep? It’s the ticket to good training and a healthy lifestyle. Allowing your body enough time to sleep so that it has time to recover is key.
To read the full article from Perdue, click here.
As the semester charges on and you feel bogged down by schoolwork, you don’t think you have enough time, or you simply aren’t motivated or sure what to do once you get the gym, look to the Rec (and this blog) as a haven. We’re open from 6AM to midnight most of the week, and the blog has a wide variety of workouts to choose from, even if it’s just for thirty minutes to an hour. We also have fitness classes happening constantly that fit almost every individual’s need.
So, next time you think that taking an hour out of your day is taking away from your studies or wasting your time, you may want to think again.
Health & Academics Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education and Academic Performance Center for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)
College Students Working Out At Campus Gyms Get Better Grades Perdue University
The Relationship between Physical Activity, Weight, and Academic Achievement Safe Routes To School: National Partnership