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Finals Week

studying for finalsHey 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.

studying for finals the healthy way

How to survive finals week and still be fit and healthy:

Hydration:


    1. Making sure your body stays hydrated while studying is a key aspect to hydration- drink a lot of waterretaining 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. 
    2. 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.

Walk around:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Walking around will help wake up your brain and the muscles in your body. Also, movement will keep your metabolism going.

Eat healthy:apples

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

Happy Finals week and may the curve be ever in your favor!

 
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Get in a daily routine

quick easy calendar March Workout Plan - Calendar

For those of you who need to follow a schedule when working out, look no further. Each month I will be posting a calendar filled with quick and basic workouts for you to do along side your regular workout plan. I am going to start with March since it is right around the corner and go on from there. Let me know what you think of this calendar and if there is something you would like me to add to next months that I don’t have now.

I designed March’s monthly plan as a way to increase stamina and ability for these basic workouts. Every two days the number of reps for each workout will increase. If you cannot complete the number of reps for a specific exercise at one time, break it up into multiple sets with a quick break in between.

stretching

TIP: Stretching before and after a workout will help loosen up your muscles and helps to reduce muscle cramps after working out.

The beauty of this workout is that it is quick, easy and can be done anywhere. Because there is no equipment involved, this daily workout schedule is perfect for working out at home or while traveling.

Having a workout schedule is a great way to make sure you get your workout in. There are plenty of days when I don’t know what to do for a workout, do when to do them so I created this calendar to make sure I get some form of a workout in each day.

According to Livestrong, “a well-balanced workout routine can help manage your weight, lower your risk for chronic diseases and extend your life. A workout should consists of aerobic or cardiovascular activity, strength training and flexibility exercises.”

The March calendar I created for you all is a combination of these things. To get a well-balanced workout as described by Livestrong, you should incorporate 30-4o minutes of cardio, stretch before and after your workout, and combining weights and resistance bands for strength training will help to bump up your workout.

Water Bottle - hydration

I created a calendar like this for February, not knowing if I was going to be able to reach the high numbers at the end of the month and I have! I can honestly say that if you put forth the effort to make sure to complete these workouts every day you can make it to the end of the month. Getting to March 31st is not going to be easy but it will be worth it.

TIP: Hydration is key to any good workout. Drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day to maintain hydration levels in the body. Right after your workout, drink 1-2 glasses of ice cold water to help increase the number of calories you body burns after the workout.

March is only a few days away so if you have any questions regarding the calendar I posted please let me know! I will be completing each item on the calendar so look out in my next few posts for quick blurbs on how I’m doing with the routine. Look forward to hearing how you are doing.

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