If you’re a student, you might feel like you don’t have time to exercise, and it may not seem like a big deal, especially since school only lasts for a few years. But, once you gain your freshman 15, you might rethink that notion. If you’re struggling to find time to exercise and keep up with your studies, consider these tips.
- Study at the Park
On those beautiful days, when you want nothing more than to be outside rather than stuck at home with the books, indulge that temptation, and give yourself a chance to exercise. By studying at the park, you have more chances to get up and take a jog, once around the perimeter, when you need a break. It may not get your heart pumping, but it beats being stuck in a library carousel for hours at a time, and you’ll feel more energized for studying too.
- Do Squats While Studying
Get up, and move around as you study anatomy and read long chapters about nutrition, rather than sitting stationary. Walk slowly around your apartment, or, better yet, sit against the wall, and do a few squats while you read.
Take any opportunity you can to fit in some activity while doing your schoolwork. Your roommates may give you weird looks, but they’ll understand your motives when they see you this summer in your bathing suit!
- Exercise While Cleaning
You have to take time to clean at some point each week, whether to appease your landlord, or to restore some sanity. While you do so, take your activity level up a notch. Turn on some music, and bounce around at the sink while you wash dishes. Do butt-kicks while you vacuum the living room, and bicep curls with the Windex while you wash windows.
These exercises will get your heart pumping and your calories burning, and before you know it, you’ll have completed a 30-minute cardio exercise without taking any time out of your day.
- Take Advantage of Fitness Classes
In all honesty, you can probably find the time to exercise for an hour or less a day. It just takes a little motivation. Sometimes, getting together with a friend to participate in the free fitness classes on campus is all it takes. These classes provide you with an excellent opportunity that won’t be so readily available to you once you finish school. You can learn Zumba, yoga, hip-hop, cycling, and more through this free, entertaining instruction, all while getting the exercise you need to stay fit.
- Pick Up Some Workout Videos
If you really feel stretched for time, workout videos are the perfect solution for adding activity to your life. They are generally short, between 30 and 45 minutes, and you don’t have to count travel time to the gym. You can often find older videos on YouTube as well, if you don’t feel like you have the money to purchase a brand new video.
- Leave the Car at Home
Many students don’t have a car, but for those who do, the temptation to drive to school every day, even on the nice days, is strong. However, do yourself a favor, and walk to your classes instead. You can gain a lot of benefit from those 30 minutes per day of walking.
- Wake Up Earlier
You may already be sleep deprived, and if so, this tip isn’t for you. However, if you’re getting a solid eight or nine hours of sleep pernight, you can easily shave off 30-60 minutes for exercise. Besides that, exercising early in the morning before you go about your daily activities is great for giving you energy and improving your day.
At Orion College, we believe that a healthy lifestyle is the key to success. We hope that our students will discover ways to incorporate health into their lifestyles, as they participate in our selection of campus-based, online, or blended degree programs. We are seeking to set the example of a healthy generation in those who will be entering the healthcare field in the near future. For more information about the classes and degree programs in which we specialize, contact us today.