Don’t even think about gaining the finals 5 pounds! These 5 finals fitness tips will keep you moving and stress free for the challenges ahead. You will stay focused, fit, and fresh for whatever college course tries to crush your cool.
- Every Hour Power: With every hour of studying, set an alarm to take a break. This alarm should be set hourly, and heed to its call! Every hour, get up, go outside, and briskly walk around the building you’re in. Or, walk up a few flights of stairs. Knowing that you have these breaks will not only keep you more focused in between breaks, but it will also help to increase your physical activity during long days of sedentary studying.
- Nature Calls Challenge: Staying hydrated is very important! With staying hydrated, comes frequent bathroom breaks. With frequent bathroom breaks, comes an opportunity for fitness! After every flush of the toilet, try to do 25 squats. Chest up, core engaged, legs a little further than shoulder width apart, weight in the heels, try to get low enough to get under a 90 degree angle in the knees. Squats are a great allover workout, working the largest muscle groups of the legs and glutes as well as the core for balance. When you get sick of squats, try push-ups instead!
- The Cardio Cram: Bring your notes to the gym and set them in front of you as you cycle or walk on the treadmill. This is a fantastic way to focus. Increasing heart rate and blood flow will help engage your thoughts for effective remember and recall. Reading over notes can be really boring and tedious. Multi-tasking will increase your physical activity and teach you a thing or two for your finals.
- Fruit For The Win: The brain and nervous system run exclusively on glucose. Study hard, carb up!! Snacking on fruit is a great way to keep you satisfied so you can focus, giving your brain the sugars it needs, and the fiber and high water content to make you feel full naturally while cleansing the body and keeping you hydrated! Always have an apple or a banana in your backpack!
- Flexibility Focus: Try reading your books while doing static stretches on the floor. Sit in a split and stretch while you read. Relaxing into your muscles with long, deep breaths. Stretching while studying helps to calm you down, warm up your muscles, and increase your flexibility.
The stress of finals can mix up our priorities. It is important to remember, without good health, how can we focus on finals/ LIVE!? Don’t let finals take control of your health and happiness.