When exam period creeps in a university student’s life, it becomes difficult to think about anything else other than studying and finishing that last paper that hasn’t been turned it. It is a time during which caffeine becomes the means of survival, already-made food becomes indispensable and the regular exercising routine is thrown out the window. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way!
5 Ways to Make Time for Fitness and Sports during Exams
Here are 5 simple tips that will you keep doing physical activities during exam period without neglecting study time.
Give your brain a break
With the high levels of anxiety that exams period brings, it might feel like your face must be in a book as much as possible; but the reality is that the brain needs to recover and take breaks from the wearying activity it goes through when studying. Exercising is an ideal way to clear your head and regain mental strength. At first it might be hard to make time for a workout but maintaining a regular fitness routine can help you be more energized, productive and get better results.
Plan your schedule
In order to manage studying and exercising, it is crucial to organize your schedule. It might be tempting to have a four-hour cramming session and be done, but as you hit the second hour you will probably find it hard to focus and the information will not be assimilated as well. Instead, start studying ahead of time and in short study sessions that will allow you for more exercising time during exam period. Also, think about the times when your brain doesn’t focus as much and plan to work out during those times. For example, if you study more productively in the evening try to wake up earlier to hit the gym or go for a run; or, if you’re more productive in the morning, set yourself study goals to be completed during the morning and take time for fitness in the evening.
Workout at home
You might also consider exercising at home when you don’t have enough time for commuting. If the reason why you don’t follow a regular workout routine during exams is that the commute to the gym takes a long time, then try doing some exercise at your own place. There are plenty of YouTube channels such as Blogilates, HASfit, Fitness Blender, and many others, that offer free workout videos without the need for special equipment or weights. These videos offer full workout routines that will allow you to move from an exercise routine to a study session with no lost time in between.
Use your feet more
If you really feel like that there is no time whatsoever to either go to a fitness center or workout at home, then use your feet more. Instead of taking the bus all the way to university get down a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way. Or, if you have been sitting down in front of the computer for hours, force yourself to take a short break and breathe some fresh air by going out for a walk. Set yourself a reminder if you need to. It might not seem too significant at first, but it will help your body relax, clear your head and be more productive in the long run.
Listen to your body
While having a regular exercise routine during exam period releases endorphins that help with stress, it shouldn’t become an additional source of pressure. Somedays you might not be feeling motivated enough to do sports or have a proper workout after a long study session and that’s okay. What is important is that you acknowledge the way your body feels and don’t push yourself to do an activity that might be detrimental to your mental and physical well-being.
Lastly, keep in mind that the key to keeping balance during these turbulent times is found in planning with anticipation, being flexible, and reminding yourself it’s okay if you miss a few workouts. At the end of the day, exam period doesn’t last forever (thankfully) and you’ll soon get back to your usual fitness routine.