Postgraduate studies can be difficult on both the mind and the body. If you don't take care of your fitness levels during your studies, you risk getting out of shape. To help alleviate this concern, I've listed 5 easy ways for you to keep in shape during your studies.
1. Do at least 25 push-ups every day One of the easiest ways to stay fit is by performing push ups. They're one of the most effective ways to build strength, definition for your muscles and even to burn calories. Even better is that they require no equipment and can be done practically anywhere.
The unique thing about push ups versus other exercises is that they aren't as high intensive an activity as lifting weights or other physically exhausting activities. This means that you can perform push ups often without any breaks between days and not cause damage to your body.
If you have some extra time, it would also be a good idea to keep track of how many push ups you do and write it down on a chart. That way, you can track your progress and see how you're improving.
2. Go for a walk early in the morning Another great way to stay fit is by going for a walk. This doesn't require anything in terms of equipment but can help burn calories and increase your metabolism. If a simple walk is too easy for you, you can mix things up by running and even adding in jumping jacks.
The best time to go for a walk is early in the morning. The energy that you exert will help keep you refreshed for the rest of the day as well as put you in the right mood for studying.
3. Try out yoga for at least 20 minutes in the morning This might not strike you as the most obvious way to keep in shape but performing yoga is actually a very good idea. It is best if you perform it early in the morning as the exercise will help keep you energized throughout the rest of the day.
While you could go to a yoga class, that probably isn't the most efficient use of your time considering you need to spend time studying. If you have access to the internet, you should go to a video site such as Youtube and watch one of the many different Yoga instructional videos available there. They're available for free and typically short enough that you can do it without spending too much time.
4. Go for a bike ride.
If you own a bike, going on bike rides is one of the best ways to keep in shape. Not only does the aerobic exercise increase your leg strength and stamina but the exercise also works in tandem with your brain helping you absorb more information during your studying.
The best thing about bike riding is that it's an exercise that can be done on your daily ride to work or wherever else you go through out the day. You can bike ride to the library that you're studying at as well as bike ride to the store if you're picking up a few things. No matter where you're going, a bike will serve you nicely.
5. Read or watch while on the treadmill or stationary bike!
You might not have thought of this but a good way to keep in shape is by reading your material while on an exercise machine. You'll be exercising while also studying. It's one way to kill two birds with one stone!
If that is a bit too difficult for you, you can try watching videos on your material while exercising instead. With websites such as Khan academy and Bozeman science, there is no shortage of places to find videos on the material you're studying.
With all of the aforementioned exercises, you should be in great shape during your studies. Just make sure to find time every morning to exercise (try using an alarm clock!) and you should be fine.
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