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Making Time for Exercise: 4 Tips for Busy Students


If you are a college student, making time to exercise is likely one of the last priorities on your mind. When you are in college, there are always social activities to participate in or homework to be done and exercising is forgotten. Here are some easy exercise tips that will fit into your busy student schedule.

Exercise Classes

Most colleges have some sort of exercise class you can take for credit. Some common exercise classes include yoga, weight training, and rock climbing. Check out your college’s course catalogue to see what exercise classes are available for credit. Most exercise classes are graded on a pass/fail basis, but more advanced exercise classes will often have the option of letter grading. Taking an exercise class is a great way to exercise because you will also be getting credit and you will be more motivated to do it because it will already be built into your schedule.

Intramural Sports

Another way to exercise if you are a student with a busy schedule is to join an intramural sports team. This way you can get fit and hang out with your friends at the same time. Intramural sports teams generally include soccer, lacrosse and many others. You will compete against other colleges that have intramural sports teams. These teams are mostly non-competitive and the idea is to go out and have fun. Therefore, you don’t have to be an All-American to play intramural sports. In fact, many intramural teams don’t even require try outs.

Recreation Center

As a college student, you may be paying for a membership to your school’s rec center, whether you use it or not. Fees for your university’s rec center may be included in your tuition, so you might as well benefit from it. Instead of reading your text book in your dorm room, bring it to the rec center and read it while you are on the stationary bike or elliptical machine. The amount of time you spend exercising will seem to go by faster if you have something to read, and you will be getting homework done at the same time.

Walking and Biking

Walking can be an easy way to fit exercise into your busy student schedule. Walking for exercise is especially helpful if you are attending a large university where your classes are spread out over a large campus. Instead of driving to class, make a commitment to walk. If walking is really not practical, make a commitment to ride your bike instead of driving. Leaving your car at home will translate into more calories burned and more money saved on gas. If possible, walk or ride your bike everywhere if your destination is two miles or less.

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