8 Ways to Sneak More Exercise into your Day

You’ll be amazed by how good you feel!

Students lead busy lives. Between homework, exams, classes, and your home life, it can be hard to find time to sit down and eat a meal, let alone get in a workout at the gym. But exercise is an important part of your everyday life, and it shouldn’t be neglected. Just think of some of the great benefits of exercise:

  • Stress reduction
  • Weight control
  • Improved metabolism
  • Muscle strength
  • Heart health
  • A feeling of well-being

So, how do you fit exercise into your busy schedule? Here are eight tips for sneaking in exercise during your down times. Give it a try! You might like it!

  1. Rise with the sun! Rather than procrastinating your exercise all day long, get it done first thing in the morning. Wake up 30 to 45 minutes earlier than you need to, and do your workout before your responsibilities begin. One tip is to sleep in your workout clothes. This can make it easier to rise and shine.
  2. Walk or bike to school. Depending on where you live, you may be able to walk or bike to school. If you make this part of your everyday routine, you will be amazed at how much extra exercise you are getting. It’s great for the environment too!
  3. When given a choice, take the harder way. Say goodbye to laziness! Take the stairs, not the elevator. Park in the farthest parking space, not the closest one. Get up and get something for yourself rather than asking someone else to do it.
  4. Use down time to exercise. There’s lots of down time in your day that you may not realize. For these down periods, try to do a little exercise. Do balancing exercises while waiting in line, brushing your teeth, or stirring a pot on the stove. Do a few stretches in between classes. Walk around while talking on the phone.
  5. Use exercise as a study break. Do you take study breaks and head straight to the kitchen for a snack? Instead, make exercise your study break. Take a quick walk around the block. Try jumping rope 100 times. Or see if you can do some sit-ups. This will help refresh your mind and your body.
  6. Avoid couch potato syndrome. Everyone likes to relax on the sofa at the end of a long day. This is okay, but before you sink into that nice soft cushion, do some floor exercises, like sit ups, crunches, or squats. You can do these during commercials too.
  7. Find a friend. Nothing makes exercise more fun than doing it with a friend. See if you can find a walking or running partner to help motivate you to stay fit. Instead of meeting your friend for a coffee, meet them for a hike in the park or a bike ride.
  8. Get a fitness app. Join the trend and start tracking your fitness. Find an app for your phone that will count your steps and level of exercise. Some people find that the fitness app can motivate them to reach new goals and keep their fitness plan on track. Why not give it a try?

One of the many benefits of staying fit is the feeling of well-being that it provides. The more you get in shape, the more you will enjoy the exercise and the rewards it brings. We hope these tips help you get in gear to get fit!

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