Wellness

How to balance education and fitness effectively


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By Vendat Patel, Edited by Paula Lacsena

How many times have you heard the phrase “I don’t have time to work out because of school”? I bet more times than you can count. What if there was a way you could do both and excel?

Here are some tips to consider in order to exceed in education and fitness simultaneously:

1. Plan your sleep schedule appropriately

A lot of students tend to avoid working out due to a lack of time, but they can plan their sleep in a way that gives them more time for exercise and alternative activities. Waking up early (between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) gives you more time in your day, allowing you to focus on your daily tasks more productively.

2. Plan and prepare quick work outs

College and university students can use their time between classes more fruitfully by exercising, preparing quick work-outs that require little to no equipment to stay in shape. You can start by finding yourself a quiet place to plan and complete a cycle of body workouts.. To ensure that you don’t overexert yourself, you can start off with a low-intensity work out plan then gradually move your way up to moderately-higher intensities of a faster pace.

Here is an example of a workout cycle that can be done in under  30 minutes:

  •  10 Push-ups 
  •  15 crunches/sit-ups             
  •  10 Squats
  • 15 Lunges on each leg (30 Total)

3. Follow a consistent daily schedule

To maintain proper balance between school and exercise, it’s important that students commit to a daily schedule structured reasonably around their goals. Planning your day makes you accountable for accomplishing the goals you have set for the day, especially if you have a physical list you want to accomplish. To maximize your time, you can start by separating your school goals from your physical goals; that way you can set time aside to complete one goal and follow with another.  Prioritizing exercise for at least 30–45 minutes a day will enable you to maintain balance on top of school.

Trust me, your body will thank you!

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