Exercise is proven to boost self-esteem, sleep quality and brain power while reducing the risk of depression and disease. But many students struggle to find time to fit it in. Here are five quick and easy activities that you can slot into any schedule.
The great thing about running is that you can do it pretty much anytime and anywhere. Plus it won’t cost you a penny (although it is probably worth investing in a decent pair of shoes). Never done it before? The NHS Couch to 5k program is a great place to start.
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It’s a very efficient method for improving your VO2 max (a fancy measure of aerobic fitness). And, depending on what you’re doing, it can help build strength and flexibility as well. Beginner workouts typically involve 30 seconds effort followed by 30 seconds rest. Typical exercises include push-ups, squats, burpees, mountain climbers and star jumps. No gym, no problem. There are thousands of free workout plans and videos available online.
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Yoga is a safe and effective way to build up your strength, flexibility and balance. Classes are advisable if you’ve never done it before – learning the poses correctly helps minimise the risk of injury. But there are plenty of teach-yourself videos online if you can’t spare the cash.
Join a club
There is a huge array of sports and clubs for you to get into at university – everything from amateur boxing to ultimate frisbee, so it’s a great was to be active, and to try new things. But being part of a club isn’t just about keeping fit. It’s also a great way to meet new people, and to part of many fun socials. This is such a unique experience to university life, this is a must do!
Walking is what we humans are literally designed to do. But, sadly, we seem to be doing less and less of it. Swapping cars and public transport for your own two feet is probably the simplest way there is to get more active, lose weight and be healthier. It also saves £££ and gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore your new city or town.
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