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Gym first or studying?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 01, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Hi all,

Can anyone give me any tips on the following:

I'll be taking my second year university exams over the next 3 weeks and going to be studying each day with gym Monday-Thursday. So, which benefits me more? Gym first then studying or studying then gym? Various hormones released in exercise that would help with taking in the information? Gym after to release the stress of working?

Hack my exams!

Tom

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It's certainly not a paleo question.

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on May 01, 2013
at 07:48 PM

I agree that you should do it in between, but it's really just what's best for your body and when you're able to perform your best! Some days I like to study first, but some days I would rather workout first. It's really a body mechanism choice. The pros though- if you work out before, you're less likely to be cramped up and less prone to lose focus. Studying for a short amount of time several times a day and week is the best anyway. Take it from me, I'm a college student with a very full agenda!

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on May 01, 2013
at 07:32 PM

I would say study first???not because of anything hormonal but because you have one shot at each exam but an entire lifetime to exercise. That said, you can still study while at a standing or waking desk and get the best of both worlds. As far as weights go, try a couple days of studying first and then exercising for stress relief as well as a couple days of the other way around. You would get the benefits of both, but if you find that one works significantly better than the other, stick with it. Most of all, though, don't stress too much about either exercise or exams.

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:55 AM

I like to think when 'fresh', exercise tends to either hype me up or depending on teh nature/if I do too much, drain me. I like to blow out cobwebs after a day of studying...

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:32 AM

I'll tell you what has worked for me during exams. Wake up early (5-6am) and do either sprints or go for a long walk outside, not thinking about anything exam related. Come back and study for the next few hours. If there's an exam that day, go take it at midday. After the exam, take an hour or 2 to go lift hard and not think about anything exam related. Come back at 4 and study until 10pm. Sleep. Repeat. 3.8 gpa so it can't be that stupid.

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on May 01, 2013
at 07:35 PM

Exercise first IMO.

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on May 01, 2013
at 06:45 PM

I'd say whenever it's convenient, how about right in the middle to break it up. I think the main thing is you should make sure you're getting enough sleep and eating healthy.

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on May 03, 2013
at 03:42 AM

Exercise first.

Read the book Spark, settles rather conclusively that the brain loves exercise.

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on May 03, 2013
at 01:05 AM

No one has mentioned TYPE of exercise??

If exercise is something light to get the blood flowing, exercise first, otherwise study first.

Personally if I exercise in the morning I'm much more awake and alert and smart the rest of the day. But If I max out on deadlifts or something like that I'm toast and useless in the afternoon.

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on May 02, 2013
at 01:17 PM

Workout in the morning, then study. You will be in a better situation to concentrate and retain the information you are learning.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain: http://amzn.to/11EzU4t

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance. In SPARK, John Ratey, MD embarks upon a fascinating journey through the mind-body connection, illustrating that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, that has put the local school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run.

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Can you record anything you're to study?

That way you could listen to your voice or your professor giving lecture, pop in your ear buds and listen...learn while you burn!

Get your scholastic shred on...

Minds most muscular...

A double arm…..sorry…sorry…not sure where that came from…thought magnesium was supposed to make this better?

Stay in school kids!

Truth.

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:10 PM

I can't help feeling that this would be more appropriate for a crossfit forum or something...

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on May 03, 2013
at 12:25 PM

It's certainly not a paleo question.

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