3 Ways Exercise Can Improve Brain Function | Bridgwater & Taunton College

Academic schedules and deadlines can often loom on students during their studies and it’s very easy for them to overlook the importance of exercise. Engaging in regular physical activity not only develops physical health but it can also enhance brain function and academic performance.


Enhancing Brain function

Exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on brain function according to researchers in this field. When a student engages in physical activity such as running, playing a sport, or going to the gym their brains experience more oxygen due to the increase in blood flow. This influx in oxygen can allow more nutrients to the brain and stimulate cognitive abilities such as memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills. There have been studies such as the impact of exercise on brain function to prove that students who engage in physical activity have performed better on cognitive tasks and improved academically compared to their non-active peers.


Stress Reduction

The demands of academia can often lead to higher stress and anxiety levels among students. It is important to reduce these emotions during studies to ensure they can achieve high grades. How can this be done? Exercising regularly can trigger the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters which promote the feeling of happiness and relaxation. Stress and tension can also be increased over a prolonged period, therefore, engaging in physical activity can provide a much-needed break and outlet from studies. If stress levels can be reduced through exercise, a student can experience an overall better mental wellbeing, better sleep quality and enhanced focus to compliment their studying and learning.


Boosting Energy and Productivity

Long study periods and lessons can leave students feeling mentally drained and fatigued. However, instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, students could try engaging in some physical activity to help boost energy levels and productivity. Exercise stimulates the production of dopamine and serotonin which are key hormones for regulating mood, motivation, and energy levels. A quick game of football or a dash on the treadmill can be enough to rejuvenate the mind and body, providing students with an increase in energy to tackle more academic tasks.


BTC helps to encourage physical activity through Team BTC and ensuring all students have the opportunity to compete in sports around their studies. Students who are playing sport at a high level can apply for sports scholarships at the college which can help students pursue their sporting careers whilst studying at college.

If studying a sports course sounds like something you would be interested in, then head over to our Sport at BTC page for more information or contact info@btc.ac.uk.

Applications for 24/25 are still open – if you would like to apply for a course, then head over to our applications page.

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