As the semester comes to a close, it becomes increasingly difficult to find time to work out when finals are the only thing that inhabit your mind. For those of you who fear sitting around countless hours full of anxiety and stress leading to packing on pounds, don’t fear, there’s hope! If you allow yourself a 30-40 minute study break per day, you can work out in the comfort of your own home or an easily accessible gym with these helpful tips:
- During a study break, push yourself with a quick 15-20 minutes of cardio. This can include the use of machines, body weight circuits, a treadmill, a track for runners or laps for swimmers. Do an additional 15 minutes of weights if you’re a lifter. Remember, you do not have to perform these workouts every day. If you cannot get to a gym often or easily, simple cardio ab circuits can be done in the privacy of your own room. As far as weights go, you can fill up two water bottles and use those for a quick lift.
- Another simple solution to getting a workout in is choosing to walk to class over hopping in your car. Even walking one mile a day gives your body more of a challenge than choosing to trudge from the parking garage. The Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center offers many different types of workout classes that prove to be great stress relievers during these final busy weeks (including spinning, yoga, zumba and kickboxing). These classes are usually an hour long but are proportionately beneficial to your overall fitness and wellness.
- If you’re having difficulty finding the motivation to work out, get a fitness partner. People are more likely to work out in pairs, rather than alone, because they feel a scheduled obligation to someone else. If you make a weekly schedule and set aside a minimum of 30 minutes of free time per day, it’ll be easy to get a workout in and maintain that winter bod.
Not only will it thank you, but your mind will feel stress-free and allow focusing on school to seem a little more bearable.