If you’re one of the many college students currently taking remote classes, you’re likely doing a lot less in terms of physical activities. There is no walking to and from lectures. No participating in school athletics or after class gym sessions.
In between attending online lectures, tackling homework, participating in online study groups, and earning a side hustle for tuition money, you may find yourself spending all day at your workspace.
Accordingly, staying on top of your health and fitness are more important than ever. Here are some tips and tricks to keep active even while learning remotely.
Set Aside Time to Exercise & Make It a Habit
Though hours of studying and listening to lectures burn your mental energy, they also pay a toll on your body, which needs physical exercise to maintain peak performance.
Carve out time in your busy schedule each day to perform a regular exercise routine. Though you may be restricted from visiting the gym or taking in-person classes, there’s still plenty you can do from the comfort of your own home.
If you’re lucky enough to already own workout equipment such as a treadmill, free weights, tension bands, or a pull-up bar you can design your own workout routine around these items.
If you don’t own any workout equipment, you can use other household items such as soup cans or peanut butter jars in place of free weights. And don’t forget all the ways you can workout without equipment including push-ups, sit-ups, jumping-jacks, calf-rises, and more.
Aim for 30-40 minutes of mid to high intensity exercise every day. To keep you motivated, pick a workout that you enjoy so you can stick to it. The important thing is to move your body.
Spice Up Your Exercise Routine With Online Classes
If you find a basic home workout routine boring and hard to stick to, try spicing things up with online classes.
Yoga is a great way to get your heart rate up and release stress. And there are tons of great, free yoga classes on YouTube. These videos range from beginners to advance, so you can find something that fits your skill level.
Another fun way to keep active is to take an online dance class. There are many free workouts and dance tutorials on Youtube. You can try Zumba, modern jazz, street dance, and more.
For a more intense workout, consider a HIIT or kick boxing class. Many gyms have adapted to the new online workout format so in some instances you can even participate in live online classes.
Working out doesn’t have to feel like a chore. There’s no reason why you can’t have fun while staying active.
Take A Walk Around the Block
Another great way to get your daily dose of exercise is by talking a long walk. Step away from the desk and take in a view besides your bedroom walls for a change. This will help you recharge your mental batteries as well as get your body moving.
If you find walking tedious, try listening to music or a podcast while you walk — it’ll help the time fly by. You can also invite a friend or two for a socially distanced walk.
Change Positions Regularly During Class & Schoolwork
Being seated for long periods of time can put strain on your spine causing pain in the lower back region. It also puts undue pressure on your shoulders, neck, and hips. If you want to avoid aches and pains, you must make it a point to get up at regular intervals. Walk around and do easy stretches.
Moving around means you can flex your muscles, ligaments, and joints. As such, you can avoid sore muscles and joint stiffness. When you move, you also promote good blood circulation all over your body. This is essential to your health as it means you bring oxygenated blood into your cells. Through this, you boost your immunity and efficiently remove toxins from your system.
Fuel Up With the Right Foods
Part of being able to stay active is putting the right food in your body. Though you may be tempted to eat comfort food during these crazy times, it’s better if you resist the urge.
If you rely on instant dinners and junk food, your body (and mind) will become sluggish. That’s because these items are packed with sodium, preservatives, additives, and food coloring, which are all harmful to your overall health. They offer nothing but empty calories that don’t fill you up.
Take the time to invest in preparing healthy meals — after all, since you’re working from home, you have access to a full kitchen. Buy lean meats like chicken, turkey, and fish along whole wheat grains including brown rice. Stock up on healthy treats like veggies and fruits so you have nutritious snacks within reach.
Consume Caffeine in Moderation
When feeling tired or sluggish, many students reach for a caffeinated beverage such as coffee or tea to wake them up and help them get active. And there are several health benefits to consuming moderate amounts of caffeine.
In addition to stimulating wakefulness, studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee impacts your nervous system by encouraging the release of dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter. It can also stimulate blood flow and increase heart rate, which may help you focus more. Consequently, drinking coffee can help you remember more information, which can be helpful while in class or during a study session.
However, too much coffee and caffeine in general can also have the reverse effect and may actually make you feel more tired during the day as it makes it harder to fall asleep at night. Which brings us to our next tip…
Have a Regular Sleeping Rhythm
One or two late-night study sessions for an exam is understandable. However, you have to make it a habit to keep a regular sleeping cycle even when you are engaged in distance-learning.
Keeping to a sleep routine will do wonders for your mental and physical health. Although you are still young and may feel invincible, your body will go on a downward spiral if you maintain unhealthy sleep habits.
Remember, sleeping is the time for your body to recharge. Your cells renew and heal themselves best in slumber. Resist the urge to binge-watch Netflix, play video games, or attend late night Zoom parties.
A late night every now and then is okay, but sleep and rest should be a priority so you can maintain your energy levels and keep a healthy immune system.
Exercise is not only amazing for your physical well being, but it also affects other areas in your life. A regular exercise routine will inspire you to kick bad habits like eating junk food and staying up late, which lowers your immunity against diseases.
Staying fit also affects your mood and confidence level and can help relieve stress. Most of all, keeping active allows you to boost your brainpower which you rely on as a student. Remember, a sound body always equates to a sound mind.
About Lianna Arakelyan: Lianna is a content writer and digital marketing expert to the extreme with a knack for social media marketing strategy and implementation. She is deeply dedicated to her work with the goal of always being up-to-date on online and offline marketing and technology news of the world.