Before Finals Begin, Exercise In Exchange For Better Grades

To Work Out Their GPA, Thousands Of Students Lift Their Levels Of Activity

By: Dominique Faiella

As students face the unbearable thought of possibly failing their finals, one change that helped most overcome the idea is exercise.

When it comes to college life, students have the most difficulty in time management. However, those who can fit in extra time to work out will raise their chances of passing their exams by 10%.

“Working out made me feel more energized,” said Salazar. “It motivated me to improve my work ethic in school.”

While some students may not care about their grades, those letters and numbers hold more accountability than many are aware. 75% of college students this semester were given scholarships just by keeping their GPA over 2.0. Scholarships allow students to take advantage of receiving financial awards, textbook funds, and partially paid tuition fees. 

The common interest found amongst the majority of these scholarship applicants is that they all work out. Throughout CUNY schools alone, over 45% of students exercise. The main reason college students work out is that it’s a stress-reliever; little do they know that this daily routine heightens their memory and concentration. 

The average college GPA is 3.1. But for the majority of students who work out, most likely have a GPA over 3.5. Exercise does not only aid in brain function, but it also helps in specific areas of learning. Over 60% of college students are not proficient in math. Luckily, studies have shown that math test scores improved after exercise. 

But results may not happen as soon as expected. Students who want to see change, require two to three weeks to show it. The human body needs a certain amount of time to regulate itself for daily exercise in order to enhance brain performance.

Even though grade improvement after exercise is a statistical fact, some students state they don’t see a major difference in their GPA. Guillermo Gil is a CSI student who’s been a professional gym trainer for three years. From Gil’s experience, he hasn’t seen his grades change, however, he believed the fact to be true.

“I think it depends on the person,” said Gil. “For me, it didn’t help my grades, but it does help me relieve stress and increase my self-esteem.”

Most people aren’t going to the gym for the outcome of better grades, they’re working on themselves by losing weight or building muscle in order to look better. Regardless of the reason, working out builds confidence at the gym, which influences brain performance to raise by 12%. At this rate, students who work out have a better chance of retaining information from their classes than those who do not.

If there’s no time for the gym or a daily regimen, studying in itself is a form of working out. The average adult human will burn over 100 calories for every hour of studying. When the time to study for finals approaches, those who already worked out will find that they have an easier time remembering their notes.

For students who are on a sports team, coaches normally look at their GPAs throughout the semester and make sure they attend class. 85% of school coaches stated that they’re less likely to recruit a student who has a low GPA. 

At Lehman College, Steven Schulman has been the head coach of the men’s basketball team for 21 years, and he believed that there’s always room for improvement in a college student’s academics.

“Each day at practice fuels the players,” said Schulman. “I believe playing sports gives them the ability to face academic challenges they may find themselves in.”

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