exercise benefits

  • Starting the school year can feel quite overwhelming for many students, teachers and staff who are changing up routines and transitioning back from summer break.

    how exercise helps college students head back to school

    College students can especially feel a little off. Moving away form home, meeting new friends and, of course, more intense studying can bring on some unwanted academic overwhelm.

    Even though you may feel that you have no time to spare to perform any sort of exercise during this transition, moving your body has some pretty incredible benefits when it comes to heading back to school with more energy, focus and clarity than ever.

    To help you through this transition, we’ve rounded up a few reasons why it’s important that you find ways to stay active while you head back to the classroom. Your academic performance, mood and body will thank you!


    Relieves Stress and Improves Mood

    Regular exercise can help relieve stress and improve your overall mood by releasing endorphins and serotonin into the body. By relieving the stress from all the studying, teaching, pressure, and lifestyle changes, the risk of stress related health problems – both mental (anxiety and depression) and physical (stomach problems and cardiovascular issues, for example) –  decreases.


    Boosts Brain Cell Development

    Studies show that moving your body helps boost brain cell development as well as improves the connections between brain neurons and cognitive performance. This boost can correlate to improving your grades and allowing you to have an easier time in the classroom.


    Improves Memory

    Other studies have shown that exercising improves human memory. This is a great benefit when trying to cram for an exam or when you want to ensure that what you learned this semester will stick with you for longer that a couple of months. It’s also great for teachers who need a little extra boost to give their students the best information possible. 


    Increases Concentration and Focus

    Working out has been proven to increase concentration and focus. By improving these, you have a better chance of actively participating in class while retaining the information you have just learned.


    With regular exercise, you will feel less stressed, more energized, and ready to take on the school year with improved memory and cognitive performance.

    To help you transition through the school year, we offer special pricing for all students, teachers and staff with $10 drop-ins for MSU community members, discounted class passes and a new semester membership for $400, where you can ride up to 10 times per month!

    Sign up online – then call or email us (hello@zephyrcyclingstudio.com) so we can tag your account to receive student discounts. After that, just show proof of MSU community membership (ID card or valid email address) at first class upon check-in.

  • 5 Ways Exercise Helps Your Mental Health

    A lot of people pound the pavement or hit a workout class to get the physical benefits of exercise. Thosebenefits include toned muscles, better heart health, a stronger core, and of course, that summer bod, and who doesn’t want all of that?

    Those are definitely great “side effects” of exercise, but breaking a sweat does a lot more than just affect the outside – it affects the inside as well by having a positive impact on your mental health.

    the mental health benefits of exercise

    Studies show that working out can give you some pretty amazing mental benefits, and we’re not just referring to the feel-good sensation you get when you walk out of that Zephyr class. We’re talking about the long-term benefits that impact your overall mental health, such as easing anxiety and depression.


    The Mental Health Benefits

    So, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to shed light on the five ways exercise can help your mental well-being. Some of them might just surprise you.



    On a very basic level, the physical benefits of exercise can play a part in your overall self-esteem. Studies show that the more regularly you exercise, the higher your positive self-image, regardless of your age, weight, gender, or size.



    According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a sweat-drenched workout can boost creativity for up to two hours after you workout. So next time you need a boost of creative thinking, hit the trails or hop in a cycling class to really get your right brain working.



    It’s proven that people who workout on a regular basis have more energy than people who don’t. This energy translates into doing more, getting more done, and having a better experience while doing it.


    Lowers Anger + Frustration

    Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. When these endorphins are released more often, your anger tolerance is shown to increase. This increase allows you to react to anger and frustration in a calmer, more controlled manner.


    Eases Anxiety

    Move over bubble baths. Exercise can do wonders for those struggling with anxiety. The chemicals released post-work out reduce feelings overwhelmingness and fear that come with anxiety.


    So now you know – working out can have positive benefits that far outweigh the physical body, not to mention “beach season.” Gaining self-confidence, handling your emotions, and improving your overall well-being are just a few of the reasons why exercise can be a driving force for better mental health.

    Interested in the science behind the benefits of working out? Check out our blog post on the effects of exercise on your brain here.