Did you know when you exercise, it positively impacts your learning and your mental health? No? Well, that totally makes sense. Most people just think when you exercise, it only affects your body weight, but it doesn’t only just do that. Exercising has so many other positive effects that come with it. Your learning and your mental health are both positively affected by exercising, and there are several ways exercise does impact your learning and mental health, and here they are. Learning is a huge part of a human lifestyle. It’s in everything that you do. Playing sports, going to school, and even watching tv, a person learns something doing all of these things. Exercising is also a huge part of a human lifestyle. Many people do it to get in shape, but what exercising can also do is positively impact how you learn. Exercising will improve your memory, increase your ability to understand knowledge/thinking skills, and improve the concentration of a student or anyone else learning. First of all, exercising will improve your memory, and improved memory is a hugely important part of learning, as you remember all the big or small things you learn in school, or anywhere else. When exercising, it gets your heart and sweat glands working faster, and that makes the size of the hippocampus bigger, which is the area of the brain involved in memory and learning, and with that getting bigger, your memory gets better, and memory is important for learning. Secondly, exercise also increases your ability to understand knowledge/thinking skills. An interesting study shown in Naperville Central High School is a great example of this. Naperville set up a program where kids will exercise before class then go to class and there grades will essentially get better. “What we’re trying to do here is jump start their brain” says Paul Zientarski who is the chairman of the PE department at Naperville (Wright & Siegel). The students brains are “jump started” during exercise as make it easier for them to think clearly and learn. John Ratey of Harvard Medical School says “Exercise, good-fitness based exercise, makes our brain ready to learn” (Wright & Siegel). The studies have shown that several students have gone from D or C students to B or A students when going through this program or a program related to this. Thirdly, exercise improves the concentration of a person. Exercise makes the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine increase their concentration, which indeed improves the concentration of a person, in particular students. Exercise also helps students with ADHD or ADD help better their concentration in class. In conclusion, exercising makes a hugely positive impact on your learning, as it helps improve memory, thinking skills, and concentration. Your mental health is defined by how you feel psychologically and emotionally. You may have great mental health, or you may not. Whether you have great, or not so great mental health, when you exercise, it impacts either one positively. If you exercise, it can have fantastic affects on your mental health state. When exercising, it can remove stress, positively impact depression, and improve your self-confidence. Firstly, exercise can remove stress. Exercising can help your stress whether is physical or psychological. A chemical called norepinephrine, which I mentioned before, increases concentrations while exercising, therefore making you be able to concentrate easier. When stressed, your muscles tend to be tense and you tend to have mental tension, which is a form of psychological pain, but when you exercise, your muscles begin to relax, and your mental tension begins to go away, as your body is now able to deal with the mental tension. Secondly, when you exercise, it could also positively impact depression. Exercise is basically an antidepressant. A study called the HUNT Cohort Study answered that “Regular leisure time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression” (Harvey, Overland, Hatch, Wessely, Mykletun, & Hotopf). In this study, approximately 34 000 were followed for a span of 11, and exercise proved to reduce the amount of depression that was in times in their life. Exercise is a huge part in fighting depression. As known, exercise does a huge part in improving the brain. Exercise changes your neural growth, it reduces inflammation, and creates new activity patterns that allow all kinds of calm and overall well-being feelings. Lastly, one of the best impacts will be that exercise will simply serve as a distraction from depression, since exercising will give you a good feeling, and take away from all your negative feelings from depression. Thirdly, exercising will improve your self-confidence, which is a very important part of your mental health. When exercising, as basic as this sounds, it’ll make your self-esteem grow, and make think you positive about how your body looks. Simply put, exercising will make you look good, which’ll boost your perception of your body, and will make you feel good, as your self-esteem grows from exercising. Overall, exercising makes a very positive impact on your mental health, as it’ll help stress, depression and your self-confidence. In conclusion, exercise is very important part of a person’s lives. Not just for losing weight, but for making the person feel good. Exercise positively impacts your learning, with improved memory, better thinking skills/understanding knowledge and boosted concentration. While exercise positively impacts your mental health with removing stress, positively impact depression and improve your self-confidence.