Hey guys! I apologize for the last of post recently, but with final exams this week and all of my final projects and papers due last week the past three weeks have been extremely busy. Because of how hectic my weeks have been, I have been too tired to workout in the evening/at night and would rather get an extra hour of sleep, or studying than workout. Just because I am not “working out” does not mean I’m not staying active and getting a “work out” in. Here is how I have survived finals week and still be fit and healthy.
How to survive finals week and still be fit and healthy:
- Making sure your body stays hydrated while studying is a key aspect to retaining the information you are studying. When your body does not get enough water it can start to go into dehydration mode. When you are dehydrated your body becomes fatigued, which can lead to distraction, headaches, body aches and tiredness.
- Make sure you have water and gatorade/powerade on hand. If you are one of those people who drink endless amounts of energy drinks, STOP. NOW. Energy drinks are great for the first hour of studying but after that they give you no benefit and only cause you to drink another. If you must drink energy drinks try to space them at least 3 or 4 hours apart and drink 2 bottles of water for every energy drink you consume.
- Taking breaks is a good way to relax the muscles in your brain and allow them the time to relax before taking more information in.
- When taking a break, get up and walk around for 1-5 minutes, or more if you have the time. If you are at the library, walk around the floor you are on, or walk up a few flights or down a few.
- Walking around will help wake up your brain and the muscles in your body. Also, movement will keep your metabolism going.
- I know it is hard to eat healthy when you are at the library or studying in a private room, but eating healthier is better for your brain than junk foods. Healthy food make you feel better than junk foods, they also keep you fuller longer and give you more energy.
- If you are like me, I need to snack when I study or do homework and I especially like when my snacks “crunch” when I eat them. Instead of going for that bag of chips, grab a bag of lightly buttered or butter-free popcorn. it takes just as long to eat, is healthier and doesn’t leave those nasty greece stains on your paper or laptop.
- Apples and nuts are two great food that are portable and easy to eat. Apples are healthy, quick and high in fiber. It is best to leave your apple(s) uncut so they do not brown, but it is your choice what you want to do. Nuts are a great source of protein which help keep you fuller longer and give you a large amount of energy. Peanuts and almonds are best choice for nuts, but anytime will do.