MCAT Re-booted: Exercise

October 24, 2014
Patrick Boyle

Preventative medicine is becoming a more common topic in healthcare today.  As future physicians it is important to understand the rising healthcare costs and how it is impacting our medical economy.  Simple daily changes by individuals can help curb these costs and improve overall health among our communities   Regardless if you consider yourself a ‘health nut’ or not, it is important for you to understand that as a future doctor people will look to you for advice on health as soon as you begin your medical school journey.  Start becoming an advocate now!

Straight from the Mayo Clinic, what may already seem like obvious to people in the premedical community exercise can

  • Control excess weight gain
  • Combat health conditions and diseases
  • Improve your mood
  • Boost energy
  • Promote better sleep

Now all of these things are great for improving your overall lifestyle but remember this is about the MCAT. So how else can exercise help you? Research from a former professor of mine, Dr. Charles Hillman, shows exercise can make you smarter! Check out this research applied to children at the University of Illinois. Think of exercise as a ‘brain warm up’ for tackling even the most difficult of MCAT questions!

Patrick Boyle

Patrick Boyle I am a former Kaplan MCAT student that excelled on my exam through the Kaplan methods and began teaching for Kaplan at the University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign center. Upon graduation I moved back to the Chicagoland area and became a full time teacher in our Chicago centers. I really strive to bring enthusiasm and energy to the classroom believing a positive attitude sets the tone for success! When I am not teaching the MCAT, you can find me training for triathlons or picking which bow tie to wear next!

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