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Smarter in Seven Minutes a Day

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Art by Ben Wiseman

According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal, you can get a health-helping workout in just seven minutes a day. Using their carefully designed regimen of thirty second bursts of activity and ten second rest periods, you can hit every major muscle group, and do so in an order that maximizes results. How can this help your gray matter? There’s excellent research to show that a healthier body lets your brain perform at peak!

Top Five Ways College Students Work Too Hard (Part 5)

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When I was a kid I mowed lawns for extra money during the summers. Sure, it’s hot, sweaty work–especially in West Texas where chickens actually lay hard-boiled eggs–but mowing lawns is great. How else could a twelve-year old make twenty dollars an hour?mowing1

One thing I quickly learned was that taking care of your lawn mower makes the work go much more smoothly. Making sure the blade is sharp, the oil is changed regularly, and the air filter is clean can save you hours a day.

I heard of one idiot who failed to check the oil, like, EVER causing the engine to seize-up altogether and transmogrifying the mower into a very large, grass-covered paper weight. My dad was NOT happy.

Your brain is the tool you work with as a student, so take care of it! If you don’t you end up working much harder for poorer results. I’ve seen poorly maintained brains seize up during finals, burst into flames, and significantly char previously quite serviceable head wear.

So avoid trouble and save yourself time and effort by taking care of your gray matter. Here are some tips to on how to keep your noggin humming along. The links give more info and prove that I’m not just making this stuff up. Real scientists–and sometimes video footage–show I’m for real. So there.

  1. Get plenty of sleep … http://www.livescience.com/health/071115-sleep-memories.html
  2. Exercise regularly … http://www.livescience.com/health/080806-brain-exercise.html
  3. Britney Spears kills brain cells … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLUVNRLZzLE&feature=related
  4. Eat right … http://www.livescience.com/health/080709-food-brain.html
  5. Stay socially engaged … http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071029172856.htm
  6. Avoid bull riding unless absolutely necessary … [warning; not for the faint of heart] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgVHoWAJ0Nw
  7. Manage your stress … http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/24620.php

I hope you’ve benefitted from the Top Five Ways College Students Work Too Hard. Be sure to let me know in the comments of any other ways you’ve found to get better grades with less work.

Top Five Ways College Students Work Too Hard

  1. Cramming
  2. Taking too many notes on the wrong stuff
  3. Reading more than you need to
  4. Studying the wrong way
  5. Not taking care of your brain
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