A typical university student’s schedule is full of classes and study groups to attend, part-time jobs to work on, exams to study for, and papers to write. Juggling all these activities is already hard to do on their own, which is why staying fit on top of these things can also be a challenge.
You may be tempted to binge on chips or skip a workout during stressful times, but it’s during these times that you should take care of yourself more. Eating healthy food and working out help sharpen the mind and make you sleep better so you can perform well in class.
If you’re having a hard time sticking to the healthy habits you promised yourself at the beginning of this new year, doing these things will help:
Cook your food.
Instead of reaching for that stash of instant ramen or ordering pizza, do yourself a favour and cook something more nourishing. You can quickly whip out an oatmeal filled with nuts and berries, or cook a ham-and-cheese omelet. Instead of feeling lethargic and sleepy, you’ll be more energised and focused to face the day with your belly full.
Walk to class.
One of the advantages of off-campus housing is that it is near enough to walk or bike to class. Wake up and leave early so you have more than enough time for a leisurely walk before the start of your classes, and take the stairs instead of elevators to get your blood pumping.
Find a partner.
If you have a study group to keep you grounded, you can do the same thing for your health. It’s easier to stick to healthy habits when you share them with someone else. You’ll be more likely to show up at the gym if you know that someone else is waiting for you.
Use the gym.
All work and no play will only make the hustle that much harder. To make the most of your study breaks, use the in-house gyms. Most apartments near UOttawa have them.
At THEO, there are various ways for you to stay active right at the penthouse floor. You can shoot some hoops at the basketball court, do some Ashtanga poses in the yoga studio, or run a few kilometres on the treadmill.
Want to blow off steam after spending hours cooped up inside the library? THEO is just blocks away from the Rideau Canal, which is perfect for a quick run or a bike ride.
Ottawa has plenty of open spaces with hiking trails. Confederation Park is great for a leisurely walk or a light run, while Major’s Hill Park is great for those who want a more substantial run or bike ride. Once you get back from break, you’ll be feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your homework.
The stress that comes with your coursework and packed schedules can affect the way you look at food and exercise. But by following these tips, you can develop a healthy routine that will help you become a better student.