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How to exercise during exam time

By Steph Korad

Your Massey at Wellington Students’ Association Health Executive.

Step One – Exercise

Step Two – Study

Step Three – Pass your exams

It’s that easy… sike! It’s exam time, academic success is your main priority and your health… not so much. In a time where you’re sitting behind a desk, scoffing down your fourth slice of pizza (it’s exam time, ain’t nobody got time to cook), focusing hard, doing that studying thing, you forget all about your health. It’s not until you’re back at home and your aunty Sharon makes a snarky comment like, “looks like someone’s been enjoying their food a little too much” that you realise that you hate your aunty Sharon, and that you should’ve been looking after your body. So how do people do it? How do they find the time to exercise during the most stressful time of the year? Well, they just do. Exercise is the best stress reliever out there, it helps you think better, and believe it or not, it makes you smarter. Yes, you can look good and be smart. But yet, people avoid exercise like Taylor Swift avoids Katy Perry.

So with that in mind here are four fast tips on how to exercise during exam time.

Tip One: Keep your workout short and simple. Thirty minutes of 100 per cent effort beats one hour of 40 per cent effort. Do some High Intensity Intermittent Training (HIIT), like 30 seconds of high intensity exercise, one minute of low intensity. Doing that will give you similar benefits to running for an hour and it burns more fat.

Tip Two: Workout at the same time every day. I know, I know. It’s hard and blah blah blah, but we are creatures of habit, so if you work out at the same time every day it will be easier to do, and you’ll create a routine that incorporates your study. Then boom you’ll be studying like a pro.

Tip Three: Workout with a mate. Working out with some will keep you motivated for longer and you’ll be able to encourage each other and it’s totally friendship goals. Yeah I know you go on Instagram and like all those fitness videos of people working out together. So why don’t you just do it?

Tip Four: DO A WORKOUT YOU ENJOY. If you like lifting heavy things, then lift heavy things. If you like running, then go for a run. The biggest downfall of people not working out is that they don’t like what they’re doing. There are literally hundreds of different workouts you can do, just find one you like and stick to it.

How to exercise during exam time… Just do it. It’ll help you focus, it’ll make you feel good, and you’ll be one step closer in getting that summer bod. So what are you waiting for? Do a burpee or 10.

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