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Learning involves acquiring new knowledge. To truly retain what you're learning, the information must be securely stored in long-term memory. Mounting scientific evidence suggests that what we do physically also plays an important role in this process. Sleep, for instance, reinforces memory. And recent experiments show that when mice and rats jog on running wheels after acquiring a new skill, they learn much better than sedentary rodents do. 

Exercise seems to increase the production of biochemicals in the body and brain related to mental function.

The New York Times, July 2016.


Exercise is a great stress reliever. It processes and releases stress and releases endorphins. Taking a walk, going for a run or working out when stressed can bring you the benefits of exercise; both short-term and long-term, and it provides the bonus of getting you out of the stressful situation.

Exercise helps your learning! 

  • Short breaks and brisk exercise help learning and understanding embed in your long-term memory. 
  • It provides you with some perspective so you can return in a new frame of mind.
  • Exercising with friends or alone can provide you with some time to think, reframe, and return with a more optimistic frame of mind.


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