More than strengthening your heart and muscles, regular exercise also boosts your thinking and concentration capacity. "Exercise boosts brain power by stimulating formation of new brain cells (neurons), a process known as neurogenesis. A combination of aerobic and resistance exercises are the most beneficial to the brain and other organs. Exercise improves blood circulation in the body and mind, and it leads to improved concentration," says Neeraj Mehta, a Delhi-based fitness expert. Here are three ways in which a regular exercise routine can help you prepare better for your exams.
"I studied hard, took proper sleep and had a balanced diet during boards. It may seem tough to take out time for a regular exercise routine during March, but those who exercise regularly have better concentration levels and are physically fit too," says Ketan Batheja, a former CBSE topper in the commerce stream. Bhathja suggests 20 minutes of activity every day —walking, running, or other exercise. "It helped me boost my test scores," he says.
Meditation is also a great form of exercise for many students. Saarthak Dhawan, another former topper, says, "Just 30 minutes of deep breathing and relaxation can calm a worried mind and a tired body. Pranayam is a good way to achieve this."
For some students, a simple daily regimen of stretching is a great exercise. "One need not go to the gym. Simply doing stretching exercises for the back, neck, arms and legs works wonders. I practice this often," says Rahul Bansal, a Class 12 student.