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5 Amazing Benefits of Exercise for Teachers


Why should teachers work out? This blog post shares a few quick reasons.

I don’t know about you, but I love my workouts. They do so much for me, mentally and physically, and I really miss them when things come up that cause me to skip them. I miss them so much that I often get up at 4:30 a.m. to be sure I get some workout in, just in case my day ends up having other plans for me. In a stressful job like teaching, it is important to have an outlet.  Keep reading to find out 5 amazing benefits of exercise for teachers.

Why is exercise important?

There are so many reasons why exercise is important for teachers.  Today we are going to tap into 5 of those reasons.  you already know that there are health benefits so we are going to skip those and jump into even more.
These are my top 5 benefits of exercise for teachers.

1) Exercise is a great stress reliever.

How many days do you come home stressed out over the events of the day? Still thinking about things that kids (or parents, or administrators) did that got you worked up? Do you bring that stress home with you or leave it at school? I know I have trouble leaving it at the door, but when I can go jump on the treadmill or the elliptical and pound that stress out, my mind definitely becomes more free.

2) Working out can renew your energy level for the rest of the day.

This is especially true if you can do it right after school. I usually have some grading (or planning) that I bring home, or I need to help my daughter with homework during the evenings; when I take that exercise time right after school, I get recharged for the evening.

3) It helps you avoid snacking.

I don’t know about you, but when I get home, I feel like eating EVERYTHING
I can get my hands on, (and I’m often tempted to choose foods that aren’t very healthy!) When I work out, I don’t have the same snacking urges.

4) Creativity

Research shows that exercise helps memory and stimulates creativity. It’s a great time to run lesson/activity ideas through your mind; somehow that extra physical activity gives your brain the boost to make those lessons more engaging/exciting/interesting!

5) Sleep better!

Extra physical activity helps me sleep better. What teacher doesn’t need to get good sleep?

Exercise for Teachers

So, which of these benefits of exercise for teachers would you most like to have? It’s hard to pick just one. So grab those sneakers and add some exercise to your day. Don’t love running or hitting the gym? Check out these ideas for some not-so-traditional but fun forms of exercise.

Looking for more tips for the teacher? I’m sure you will love these:


Welcome to Cognitive Cardio Math! I’m Ellie, a wife, mom, grandma, and dog ‘mom,’ and I’ve spent just about my whole life in school! With nearly 30 years in education, I’ve taught:

  • All subject areas in 4th and 5th grades
  • Math, ELA, and science in 6th grade (middle school)

I’ve been creating resources for teachers since 2012 and have worked in the elearning industry for about five years as well!

If you’re looking for ideas and resources to help you teach math (and a little ELA), I can help you out!



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