Stretch yourself at exam time

November 4, 2015 – 8:55 am

During exam time, it’s important to exercise your mind and body. When you sit for long periods, your concentration can wander, making it harder to retain information.

Gentle stretching has been shown to have positive benefits that help to maintain focus, including:

  • increasing blood flow to your brain
  • releasing your body from aches and pains
  • reducing stress levels
  • increasing energy levels

Follow these tips to make the most of your study session:

Set regular intervals to move or stretch. For example, stretching every hour or at the end of an article, chapter or lecture is a good habit to get into.

During your rest interval, put your pen down, close your computer and put your phone away. Use this time effectively and spend a few minutes performing some stretches at your desk. Why not start with the six simple stretches

illustration of a stretch


Performed correctly, you’ll start to notice a difference in your studying ability and concentration levels.

Remember, not all stretches are suitable for everyone. If you feel any serious discomfort during certain stretches refrain from that stretch. Do not push yourself past your limits.

Thanks to Michael Psarakis, Associate Lecturer (Clinical Exercise Physiology) and Annelisa Sipos, Liaison Librarian at Strathfield for this post 🙂

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