Fit Your Workout In
Being a student may seem like the last lifestyle that could possibly be geared to keeping a decent workout regimen for anyone other than a sports student. But then there are many positives to be had from an exercise routine that can directly impact upon your studies, efficiency and your outlook on the more stressful elements of being a student. Finding a place for it within your busy schedule is another matter entirely.
Set Yourself Realistic Goals
It’s not always about huge gains or working to Olympian perfection, it’s about working out what you want from your workout and how it fits in.
Schedule It The Same As Your Classes
Extend your class timetable with a few extra squares each week to see where it fits. On a busy day, a quick session may keep you level-headed and allow you to sweat off the classroom, putting you in a better frame of mind for whatever the night has to offer. Speaking of the night, you might want to schedule a rigorous session for the morning after the other kind of sesh at the SU to rid yourself of toxins and skip the loss of a hangover.
Find Your Balance
There are a number of things you may find far more appealing than working out while you’re a student and uni life isn’t about missing out. Instead of picking one over the other, bring up a mental list and decide your priorities (after those relating to your coursework). Exercise has its place in any schedule as it means a healthier body and mind allowing you to do the other things on your list. It’s therefore about finding out when and where it fits, rather than letting it cancel out other past times.
Think In Terms Of Exercise, Not Gyms
The lack of funds can be a primary drawback to signing up to all of the fitness clubs, gyms and yoga sessions you might have your mind on, and taking on more hours at a part-time job isn’t going to leave you with anymore time for working out amid your coursework assignments. When affordable, a gym membership may be an investment worth thinking about but it’s not the be all and end all.
If your money shortage is the only thing keeping you from working out, it’s time to change your mentality and work with what you have. You can get your cardio exercise by strapping on your trainers and jogging outside and for resistance workouts, much more muscular people than you have managed to gain just fine without access to weights and equipment. For ideas, take a look at our blogs on budget workouts and exercising without equipment.
Make It A Positive Addition, Not A Burden
Okay, so you don’t want to be the jacked person with nothing but lean muscle and no degree to show at the end of the term. Biceps don’t exactly help you in your final Classical Studies exam, squats won’t help with your Sociology dissertation and high-intensity interval training won’t get you a distinction in seminar participation… or will it.
Well, in a literal sense, if you make the gym a priority over your studies then, of course, your gains will improve and your education will not. But by making exercise a higher priority in your weekly plans the overall effects have been proven to make a considerable impact on your coping mechanisms as a student.
The first reason is stress. Regular cardiovascular exercise is proven to help manage your stress levels – handy when it’s deadline time and your work feels like it’s piling up on top of you. Your workout’s contribution to the production of endorphins means that it will help to keep you balanced overall. With less stress cluttering your mind, you’ll be better able to fill it with all that knowledge there is to be had.
Another good reason for maintaining exercise as part of your routine is the structure it will provide, meaning that you can, therefore, better compartmentalize your uni workloads. Being a student may seem like the last lifestyle that could possibly be geared to keeping a decent workout regimen for anyone other than a sports student. But then there are many positives to be had from an exercise routine that can directly impact upon your studies, efficiency and your outlook on the more stressful elements of being a student. Finding a place for it within your busy schedule is another matter entirely.