Essay on Diet and Exercise are Necessary for the Adult Student

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An adult returning to school can be a rewarding time that offers wonderful results but often met with challenges that hinder the learning process. What factors can help an adult returning to their education? A healthy balance of diet and exercise with a few lifestyle changes and involving your family will make the learning process sublime. Changes in lifestyle will free time that is needed for studying. Adults need more time to learn new things as age increases, however, when adults can control the pace of learning, they can often effectively compensate for their lack of speed and learn new things successfully. (Cross, 1981) What can be done to increase time to study? There are many suggestions from the website …show more content…
(Bangstad) Folic acid seems to have a direct effect on memory. An Australian study found that eating plenty of foods rich in folic acid was associated with faster information processing and memory recall. Some of the best foods for folic acid include fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, lentils, black-eyed peas, soybeans, spinach, green peas, artichokes, broccoli, wheat germ, beets and oranges. (Bauer, 2007)
Exercise doesn’t only provide for better physical support but mental as well. John J. Ratey, MD, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says "Exercise is really for the brain, not the body. It affects mood, vitality, alertness, and feelings of well-being." Clearer thinking and better performance along with higher morale is all brought about by exercising. Stimulating the nervous system and functioning at a higher level will result. Dr. Ratey recommends that 8 to 12 minutes per day of sweating and breathing hard exercise (60% higher than normal heart rate) for brain training. Christin Anderson, MS, wellness and fitness coordinator at the University of San Francisco says keeping to a moderate workout a few times a day rather than one big workout will help fight fatigue resulting from the one time work out. (Lawrence 2007) Taking an evening stroll thru the

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