Exercise to Reach Your Goals: Part 6

Goal #6

Learn Something New

Add exercise to your daily routine and improve your learning processes! Recent research found that cardiovascular activity increases attention span, improves reading comprehension, and boosts memory.  Further, exercise increases dopamine activity in your brain, contributing to increased focus and concentration.  Are you studying for a big upcoming exam? Hit the gym for a quick, cardio burst before you hit the books! In addition, simply your memory of a killer workout can heighten your motivation for future gym sessions.

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