Busy students can find ways to exercise too
At the Salter School, our students are busy. Some of them may have part-time jobs in addition to school. Some of them are raising young children. All of them have homework. And all of them want more time!
With all of these responsibilities, when is there time to exercise? Before getting to our exercise tips, let’s look at why exercise is so important. Exercise is important to your health for a whole host of reasons, including reducing stress, keeping your heart healthy, keeping your muscles strong, controlling your weight, and maintaining flexibility. It’s important to make exercise a part of every day.
How much exercise should you be getting? According to the Department of Health and Human Services, here’s the recommended amount of exercise you should get each week:
- 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 1.25 hours of high-intensity aerobic activity.
- 2 or more days of muscle-strengthening exercises.
So, how do you fit this into your week? One method is to sneak in your exercise in a fun way, so that you don’t dread it so much. Try these tips:
Tip 1: Rise and shine
Try waking up 30 minutes early and reserve this time for exercise. This is a great way to avoid procrastinating. If you keep putting off your exercise until later in the day, you may never do it. But getting in your workout before your day’s distractions begin can be the perfect way to guarantee that you don’t miss it. Special tip: Try sleeping in your workout clothes. It makes it easier to get motivated when the morning rolls around.
Tip 2: Use your feet whenever you can
Reevaluate your typical routine. Do you find that you drive everywhere? Or can you use those feet for walking? Where can you fit in some extra steps?
- Try parking farther away from your destination
- Take the stairs, not the escalator
- Walk the long way to class (but don’t be late)
- When you need a study break, take a walk break instead of a snack break. Or try some pushups or jumping jacks. They can get your brain working again!
- Get a pedometer to measure how many steps you take each day. It may inspire you to do more.
Tip 3: Avoid being sedentary
After a long day, a lot of us like to sit in front of the TV. Watching TV doesn’t have to be sedentary. It can be an opportunity to work in a little fitness. Try leg lifts, squats, or sit ups while watching TV. Get up and stretch during commercial breaks, or do a few jumping jacks. Or better yet, turn off the TV and take an evening walk.
Tip 4: Turn exercise into “you” time
Exercise can be a great way to relieve stress. Make exercise something that you look forward to rather than something you dread. You might do this several ways:
- Find a walking, running, or weight-lifting buddy. Exercising with a friend can be fun!
- Get a fitness app and get inspired to improve your exercise stats
- Listen to an audiobook or podcast while exercising. It will make the time go faster.
- Watch a favorite TV show while walking or running on a treadmill
- Get a fitness game for your video game console
- Go out dancing with friends
We hope these four tips will help you find the time to be fit. One of the greatest rewards of getting fit is how good you will feel. Once you are in good shape, you will want to stay that way, and exercise will become a part of your everyday life.
This article is part of Salter School’s blog, providing fun tips, career advice, and healthful alternatives for our students. If you are interested in learning more about the Salter School, contact us online.