(CNN) - We all know there are physical benefits to exercising. While there's no doubt hitting the gym eventually makes us feel better, new research suggests it may also make us think better too.
This new research looked at college kids. It showed a powerful link between those who had fitness center memberships and those who got good grades.
The study was done by Michigan State University researchers who looked at nearly 5,000 freshman and sophomores. They found that students who were members of the gym or involved in recreational sports during their first two years in college went on to have higher GPA's overall, by nearly 0.13 points.
Beyond high grades, those who had memberships were less likely to drop out of school than those who didn't.
This study looked specifically at college kids in those two measurable ways and the researchers say the study supports the theory that by creating connections between students and an institution, like a university recreational facility, you can see an increase in academic success.