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How to keep active whilst studying

I am sure you all know the feeling of when you have been sat down, studying hard for so long that your legs get so numb and are craving some movement? Sometimes it can be hard to remember to exercise and go out when you’re so engaged in studying, but physical and mental wellbeing is just as important as revision! I think that it is important to remember to not compare yourself to others, make an exercise schedule that works around you. Check out these handy tips of how to keep active whilst studying. 

Plan your day in advance

One of my main tips for this is to plan your day in advance! Set aside an hour, or even 30 minutes for some exercise every day. If you have planned your day, you can fit some exercise in and work around your schedule. It will also make you feel less stressed and more relaxed if you can see your daily plan in front of you and you know that you can have some exercise during the day.  

Try and go on a daily walk/exercise 

I think that this is extremely important, you need to try and leave the house or do some form of exercise every day. Not only will this benefit your physical health but also your mental health. It will also make you feel more positive about coming back to your studying! Going out every day will also allow you to appreciate all the fantastic scenery around you! Guildford and the university grounds offer picturesque, tranquil scenery that can help you to relax and clear your head before heading back to studying! If you don’t live in Guildford, the whole of the UK offers fantastic greenery right on our doorsteps. National Trust sites are always my favourite. Check out which sites are near you by clicking here

Set yourself goals – no goal is too small!

Setting yourself goals is a great way to stay motivated and ensure that you do some form of exercise around your studying.

This is one of my favourite places to walk, The Mount in Guildford!

SurreyMoves is a great app that the university offer and even rewards you for exercising! Alternatively, you could use apps such as Strava or Pacer (both available on the app store) and set yourself a daily step goal or even just try and work through a YouTube HITT series. Just like you set yourself study goals, exercise goals can be just as important. But remember that no goal is too big or too small, just work around you, your schedule and your studying.

Workout with friends

If you are studying with friends, why not try and workout with them too? Working out with friends is really motivating and you can schedule it in to work around your study and revision time. You could even try some fun challenges together! For example, I took part in a colour run last year (it is exactly what you are thinking – a fun run where powder paint is thrown at you!). This could be really fun to do with friends and you can fit it around your revision.

Myself and my friend covered in powdered paint after our colour run!

I hope that you found these tips helpful and can implement them into your study schedule! Remember that it is really important to have a good work and life balance and exercising daily is a really good way to keep this balance! Even if it is just a short walk or a proper workout, any form of exercise around your study schedule is an achievement!