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If you hate or hated doing college homework exercises, perhaps gym exercises could have soothed your academic woes. In other words, increased exercise could increase your academic performance, according to a study presented Thursday (June 3rd) at the American College of Sports Medicine.

More specifically, your GPA could shoot up by 0.4 point if you engage in vigorous physical activity daily. Researcher Joshua Ode, whose last name ironically means “dumb one” in Yoruba (no offense, just a fun cultural fact, kids) supervised the study at an undisclosed university in the Northern U.S.
CNN reports:

Ode said, “If the students are improving in the classroom, it may create a better campus environment. You’re creating more successful students, which is the goal of universities.”

Researchers studied 266 undergraduates and defined moderate activity as those exercises which don’t make you sweat or breathe hard, and vigorous activity for those which do, of any type. Their findings were consistent regardless of gender or major.

Ode said one of the next questions for further study should include the impact of activity on GPA throughout college.

And it doesn’t have to be seven days a week, Ode said. But the research suggests the more often, the better.


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