Busting Brain

Between mountains of homework, part-time job, and dating, finding time to exercise can be tough, but it’s more important than you think.

Exercising increases the flow of oxygen to your brain and helps the production of its stem cells. Your brain also benefits from exercise because it can help prevent mental illnesses.

So put the book down, get off the computer, and make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Here are some ideas of what you can do to help your body stay healthy for your brain.

If you’re into sports, join intramurals. Pick a sport, find a team, sign up, pay the fee, and off you go! Intramurals also gives you the chance to win the coveted champion t-shirt. Watch this video or visit intramurals.byu.edu for more details on how to join intramurals.

There are also many sports classes you can take. When you register for classes, look for the classes under STAC – Student Activities. There are classes from zumba to scuba diving to volleyball designed to teach you how to stay fit, develop athletic skills, and give you a break from school to have fun.

If you’re short on friends for teams or don’t need more credits, the Richards Building (RB) and the Smith Field House are two other options to consider. Visit rbfacilities.byu.edu to see all the activities offered in the RB. There is also a student fitness center in room 293A of the Smith Field House filled with weights, bikes, and treadmills available for student use.

It doesn’t matter how you move—just do it. Your brain will thank you.

–Aimee Hancock, College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

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