Three Simple Ways to Exercise When You're Really Busy Studying


Studying for a degree, masters or other qualification can be really taxing on your brain, but also on your health. As well as the notorious 'freshman 15' – the 15 pounds students are said to gain in their first year away at college – even mature students can gain weight and you don't necessarily have to be living away from home and surviving off of junk food either. With more and more people opting for online degrees like the online social work masters from Rutgers, some students find themselves barely leaving their desks with even their lectures being taken at their computers.

However, whether you are on campus at college or doing something like an MBA or MSW online, you can find lots of ways to get exercise into your day. This will not only stop you gaining weight and losing muscle from being sedentary all the time while you study, but will also help you sleep better, lift your mood, and give you more energy – all helping you learn and remember.

Here are three ways to get exercise when you are in the midst of an intense studying period, such as ahead of an exam:

HIIT Cardio Workouts

HIIT, or 'high intensity interval training', is an amazing thing to know about if you don't have a lot of free time. It involves doing exercises like burpees or jumping jacks at the highest intensity you can manage for short bursts with a short rest in between sets. The idea is to get your heart rate into its peak zone, where you burn a lot of calories and elevate your metabolism for around 24 hours following the workout. The beauty of it is with only 6-10 minutes of the intense training (not including recovery times), you can gain very noticeable results and give yourself a boost.

Video Workouts on YouTube

If you don't have time to go out to the gym or an exercise class, you can find all kinds of great workouts on YouTube. Even if you only have ten minutes to spare, you can choose from all different types of exercise from Zumba and kickboxing to yoga and Pilates, and there are lots of videos where you don't need any equipment aside from a towel and a little space.

Walk, Jog or Run

While the above can be done at home if you don't want to leave your study area for too long, getting out of the house can do wonders for your mood, refresh you and help you feel like you've taken a proper break – something you really need from time to time when you are reading and writing for hours at a time. Walk, jog or run depending on your fitness, for at least 20 minutes, and you'll feel far healthier.

These are just three easy ways to add exercise into your day without losing much of your study time. Exercise can benefit you a lot when you are going through a mentally taxing time, so try these methods to help you achieve your educational goals!

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