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Despite the recent weeks of rain  in the UK, there is a sort of communal thought that all Londoners share: Sunny days, green parks and outdoor life, very much desired by all city dwellers with the arrival of the summer season. 

In that sense, what is the best strategy to get over the depressing winter days and move towards the summer? Exercise and outdoors life are great components of a healthy life. The London Marathon 2012, attended by 37,500 runners on April 22 showed how much endurance our bodies can take if we have a physical goal in mind.

But exercise is more than just a physical challenge. It doesn’t not only improve your physical condition, making you stronger to face illness, but can also make you smarter! An article published in the New York Times  argues that easy-to-achieve physical goals such as going for a walk or a swim have been scientifically proven to make you smarter. 

According to the article, scientists in just the past few months have discovered that exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility. Exercise though seems to slow or reverse the brain’s physical decay, much as it does with muscles.

So, if you want to excel at your studies and maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout your 20s, exercise is the key! You don’t need to run a marathon to achieve that, small daily amounts of exercise such as a walk, a cycle or a swim and make all the difference.

Hope you all enjoy the upcoming summer!!!


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