Coach’s Notes: Parents, Encourage exercise during exams, please.

Stressing out. Don’t do it. Exercise to help yourself manage.

Exercising helps: by helping one think more clearly, by helping students manage time more effectively, and by helping students get the sleep they need. Studies repeatedly have shown that exercise helps Cognitive Performance and Academic Performance. Don’t consider exam time as the right time to forego exercise – it might be the most important time to get in the pool for an hour or go for a jog with a friend!

The NHS advises:

“Exercise can help boost energy levels, clear the mind and relieve stress. It doesn’t matter what it is – walking, cycling, swimming, football and dancing are all effective. Activities that involve other people can be particularly helpful.”

Read more about the benefits of physical activity.

You might also find the US Health and Human Services information interesting, available at: https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/report.aspx, and the OECD regularly publishes on the importance of sport for youth, as well.

Or this recently published systematic review: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1750984X.2016.1184699 (Journal access required.)

So, get away from the screen and get moving!