Your body is your brain. It may not seem like that, but from a computer perspective, it doesn’t much matter the processor if you have a hard drive with low I/O speeds, No RAM, fuzzy monitor, and a keyboard missing important keys, like the forward slash.

The mind and the body form a system, not to mention the fact that your “gut” is sometimes called your “Second Brain.”

Your overall health in non-brain areas affects your brain, your mood, your motivation. The number one cause of procrastination is: Feeling like crap.

The second essential habit to studying is having an exercise routine that gives you a nice shot of mood enhancing endorphins.

Mood improvement immediately after a single bout of exercise is well documented, but less is known about successive and longer term effects. … However, exercise seemed to have a much greater effect on positive than on negative moods. The favorable moods induced by each class seemed to have worn off by the following week, to be reinstated by the class itself. In the Callanetics class, positive mood also improved significantly over time. The Callanetics class involved “slower,” more demanding exercises, not always done to music. The Callanetics and Advanced classes also showed significantly greater preexercise negative moods in the first three sessions. However, these differences disappeared following exercise.

Generally speaking, daily exercise for 7-10 minutes is really all you need to keep fit and get the benefits.

Here is a list of what I do:

  1. Bicep Curls
  2. Shoulder Press
  3. Bench Press
  4. Push Ups
  5. Air Squats
  6. Lateral Raises
  7. Arnold Presses

I also do a small yoga routine first, but that’s to taste. If you are up for it, I strongly suggest you add some yoga preparation into your workout routine to stretch out and get your blood flowing.