It’s been well documented that in today’s competitive world, the stress levels amongst young people - as well as their parents - can prove detrimental to their overall grades. And while the focus is on revision, it’s often very easy to let health and fitness fall to the bottom of the to-do list.

However, according to Jason Eaton, general manager at theclub and spa at Cadbury House in Congresbury, taking regular exercise as part of any revision timetable can and does have huge benefits for those who have their heads down in the books.

Jason said: “Apart from taking a break from revision, going for a run, swim, bike ride or gym session has huge benefits for both body and mind.

“It triggers the release of various hormones and chemical compounds in the body and helps to oxygenate the brain.

“This then helps release tension which in turn helps you to keep calm, mentally relax and study more efficiently. This will then improve your mood meaning your concentration is much better.

“Going for a run for example will also take your mind off exams and studying and will improve your memory and focus.

“This coupled with a good diet which includes fruits, vegetables and omega-3 rich nuts and seeds plus plenty of rest is the ideal equation to exam success.

“For beleaguered parents, the same rules apply. A calm and stress-free mum and dad help create a home environment that is also calm and stress-free. This means those undertaking marathon revision sessions will be able to focus and concentrate.

“A great idea is to do some joint exercise so you both get back invigorated and ready to tackle the next challenge.

“One final point is that exercise doesn’t have to last for hours. You can opt for a series of shorter, sharp, condensed sessions which also helps break up the day.

“Everyone is different, but the main thing is that you do something. It’s counterproductive just to sit at a desk all day, so make sure you get up from the chair and out and about.

“Some of the classes here at theclub are perfect stress-busters, so make sure you they become part of your revision routine and the road to exam success.”

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