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One of the little-known secrets to effective studying is making time
to exercise and eat right.
Once high school – and school sport – is a thing of the past, it's
easy to find yourself not doing any exercise. After all, if you're
trying to balance university or TAFE
courses with work and a hectic social life, how are you meant to
find time to go for a run or cook a nutritious meal? We'll let Richard
Branson answer that question.
Exercising creates time
Virgin's Richard Branson, a man who has founded 400 companies, as
well being involved in lots of charity work and breaking various
sailing and air-ballooning records, was once asked how others could
get as much done as he did. What answer did the world's most famous
entrepreneur give? Two words: "Work out".
Counterintuitive as it seems, many of the world's busiest and most
successful people are exercise nuts, which is why you see the likes of
Barack Obama regularly taking a break from leading the free world to
hit the basketball court. Rather than chewing up time, people who
exercise find it seems to create more of it. By blocking out an hour
to work out several times a week, they find they feel better, both
physically and mentally, sleep better, have better concentration and
therefore get a lot more done.
As a student juggling completing assignments, doing work experience
and studying for exams with a host of other commitments, exercise can
be the magic bullet that helps you to stay on top of everything.
Eating well creates good health
If you don't think what you put in your mouth has any impact on how
you learn, try concentrating during class after gorging on pizza and
ice cream as opposed to a sensibly sized serve of grilled fish and
steamed veggies. The long-term consequences of eating poorly –
obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, etc. – are well known, but
even in the short term junk food can leave you feeling terrible once
the sugar high dissipates.
No one's saying you can't indulge occasionally, but a diet high in
fruits, vegetables and whole grains is what you need to keep your mind
sharp and your sick days to a minimum.