Sneaking in your exercise can help you stay fit
The life of a student can get very busy. You may be juggling school work, family responsibilities, and a part-time job. With all of this, when is there time to exercise?
First, let’s talk about why it’s important to exercise. For busy students, exercise is a great stress-reducer. It helps you breathe more deeply, and it gets your mind off your studies for a short time. It’s also important for your heart health, metabolism, weight control, and muscle strength. Ideally, exercise should be part of every day.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, adults should do
- 2.5 hours (150 minutes) per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise OR 1.25 (75 minutes) hours per week vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.
- 2 or more days per week of muscle-strengthening exercises
What is “moderate” exercise? This might include brisk walking, swimming, moderate biking, mowing the lawn, or doing heavy housework. Vigorous activity would be running, aerobics, elliptical trainers, kickboxing, playing tennis, or high intensity biking.
Tips for sneaking in the workout
If you’re having trouble figuring out how to find several hours to exercise each week, try out these tips for sneaking exercise into your weekly routine.
- Start your day with exercise. Wake up 30 minutes earlier to seize the day before there are any distractions. Exercising in the morning gives you more energy throughout the day, and it saves you from procrastinating your exercise away. Some people even sleep in their workout clothes so they are ready to go when that alarm clock rings.
- See if you can change your commute to involve some walking or biking. Walk to the bus stop, or park far away in the parking lot so that you work in some extra steps.
- Take the stairs, not the elevator!
- Do balance exercises while you wait in line or brush your teeth.
- Make your study breaks exercise breaks. Take a walk around the block, do 20 jumping jacks, or drop to the floor for a few pushups. It’s important to break up your studying so that you are not sedentary (still) for hours on end.
- Exercise while you watch TV. If you watch TV at the end of a long day, why not work in a little fitness? Try crunches, squats, or leg lifts, so that you can still see your favorite show. Do something aerobic during the commercials, like jumping jacks or jumping rope.
- Buddy up with a friend to help support each other in getting fit.
- Get a fitness app on your phone to help you track how much you are exercising. Sometimes a tracker can help motivate you to do more.
One great thing about getting fit is that it feels good. The more fit you get, the more fit you will want to stay, and you will find ways to put exercise into your daily routine. So with these tips in mind, look up from your phone, take a deep breath, and start moving!
This article was provided by the Harris School of Business. As a provider of healthcare career training, we are committed to helping our students adopt healthy lifestyles. Visit us to learn about our programs for massage therapy training, dental assistant training, medical assistant training and more.