Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle

Mandarin Blueprint is not a health website, and we don’t want to start getting preachy and annoying about this. Still, health is vital to your overall performance in life, and that includes how quickly and easily you acquire Mandarin. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will have more time, energy, and fun. Here are the primary health factors that affect your progress the most:


Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that aerobic exercise can actually boost the size of your hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of your brain most responsible for verbal memory and learning. If you want a simple and enjoyable explanation about this process, I’d recommend watching this video from the YouTube channel “What I’ve Learned.” 

Spending time in the gym one-to-three hours each week will create more time in terms of how alert, active, and powerful your brain will become. If that’s not enough for you, you can also listen to Chinese while you work out, and read during rest periods between sets.

Exercise can also help you grow new brain cells. Read more about this in this post.


A high-carb, high-sugar diet undoubtedly leads to you feeling less alert and more sleepy. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, vitamin B, iodine, and zinc can inhibit cognitive function and concentration.

A lack of iron can decrease dopamine transmission in the brain, which means less of that happy feeling you need to keep you motivated to keep learning. Get those veggies and take supplements if you think you might be lacking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle by Getting Enough Sleep

Healthy Lifestyle by Getting Enough Sleep

On the list of basic human needs, sleep is actually more important than food. Air is number one, the second is water, and the third is sleep. In recent years, there have been many discoveries suggesting that our ability to function happily in life is influenced greatly by our sleep quality. Brain function is particularly affected, and this is why good sleep relates to how well you learn a language. 

Bad Habits (Alcohol & Other Drugs)

Being a part of two of the most infamous drinking cultures on Earth (the UK and China) made giving up alcohol for good pretty tough for me. However, after ditching the booze I found an immediate improvement in my energy levels throughout the day.

Giving up smoking also led to a big improvement. I’m not saying you should give up anything for good, but moderating or removing consumption of things you know are bad for you will yield immediate results.