Too busy with seminars, studying and a social life to fit exercise in to your day? Being a student is a juggling act of priorities but including a bit of exercise in your day will have a positive impact on your body, mind and ability to tackle many other daily demands. Even just 10 minutes of exercise will help you de-stress and boost your metabolism.
Who can’t find 10 minutes? Here’s some ideas of how to get that blast of exercise in:
Feel the burn
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the perfect type of exercise for students who want an intense cardio workout but are swamped with essays/revision/deadlines. The logic is that intensive bursts of anaerobic exercise followed by less intense periods will help improve your aerobic capacity and reduces fat mass. This does require a lot of motivation and self-discipline so be prepared to work out!
No equipment is needed for a tough HIIT session: exercises could include sprinting, cycling, or running up stairs. Do a minute of high intensity (on an intensity scale of 1-10 this should be a 8-10) and then a minute of low intensity (4-5 intensity): repeat for the full 10 minutes.
There’s loads of resources online to help you mix up your exercises. Don’t do the same exercise routine day-in, day-out; it’s important to challenge your body and avoid getting bored.
Here are some of our favs:
Crunch your way to
a toned tum
Believe it or not ab exercises aren’t just about sculpting your tummy and showing off a six-pack, strengthening your core will help your performance in a wide range of sports and exercises. Working on your abs is an important part of a whole body workout; if you need inspiration check out these videos:
Legs, bums & tums
You’ve sweated through an intense cardio workout and felt the burn in your core, now it’s time to think about toning. The ‘legs, bums and tums’ workout is often associated with celebrity DVDs but strengthening these areas is actually really important to improve your performance in all exercises. Repetition is key here; complete your sets and push through the burn.
Arms & upper body
Hello tank top season
Toning the arms, back, chest and shoulders is often overlooked for exercises with quicker weight loss results, and what student has time to train like a bodybuilder, right? While you may not be aspiring to John Cena-pecks, toning the upper body will improve your strength, help muscle definition and burn calories. And upper body workouts don’t have to mean huge dumbbells or shoulder presses; they can involve limited to no equipment and be over with within minutes.
And remember to stretch! Your 70-year-old self with thank you for it.