By Cole Milde, Editor Emeritus
Stanford OHS is a challenging school. I don’t just mean in just an academic sense (wrestle with any core class for a few days and you’ll realize that for yourself very quickly), but also in terms of lifestyle. Due to the demanding and fast-paced nature of OHS coursework, we often need a lot of time to complete homework, quizzes, labs, and essays. Also, the pressure to get an A can sometimes take a toll on us. So extracurricular activities – especially physical activities – are essential for a balanced lifestyle.
According to a study performed on two hundred and sixty-six undergraduates by the American College of Sports Medicine, students who participate in at least twenty minutes of moderate exercise earn better grades than those who don’t. While this is a pretty small sample size, it supports the current trend in Sports Medicine: exercise is healthy for you. And, honestly, it takes just as long to run on a treadmill for twenty minutes as it does to watch those eye-catching YouTube videos. Another effective way to exercise is through team sports or group exercise classes. A recent Australian study conducted by the University of Ballarat suggested that people who participate in team sports or exercise with a group of friends not only improved their physical health, but even felt encouraged to exercise.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try to get good grades at OHS. But, it’s important to keep in mind that you should do more than just schoolwork. Having a life outside of academics is important as well, and can benefit your grades. Just because there is a lot of work to do, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find time to exercise here and there. Twenty minutes is all it takes. Try it sometime.