Finding Time For Fitness As A Law Student

Higher level education is a stressful institution in itself.

Going to a university and living on your own for the first time can be a whole new world of excitement and stressful struggle for many college students.  With so much freedom yet so much expectation it can be easy to lose sight of goals and achievements.  Often times schoolwork can pile on quickly and study sessions run late into the night.

Finding Time For Fitness As A Law Student

It’s also a common occurrence that college students get a part time job to help pay for minor expenses like groceries or ‘fun money’ which can consume even more of their time.  The less and less free time it appears a student has then the less likely they are to use it for something they might secretly wish they would use it for, such as health and fitness.

Freshman fifteen

There is a subculture belief of a very fearful fate that many new college students are subjected to, one that makes stress increase and all the clothes that were hauled into that small college dorm not fit anymore.  This is of course known as the ‘freshman fifteen’; a supposed 15 pounds, or more, that new freshmen college kids gain as a result of increased stress and school work loads coupled with excessive weekend drinking and greasy foods to cure hangovers.

These intakes not being met with a level of output, otherwise known as workout and fitness, can lead to weight gain and furthered stress, maybe even depression and low productivity.  Regardless of how helpless a college student may think their schedule is, there is always a way to face it head on and make it better.  Seeing as figuring out the how to complete all your schoolwork and study sessions on top of having fun with friends and being involved in campus organizations all revolves around agenda discipline, it shouldn’t be too hard pressed to consider adding one more level of discipline to the regime; a fitness discipline.

Finding time to commit to your health

The first step to getting into a productive and progressive fitness routine is to find out when you have the maximum amount of time to commit to your health.   Take a look at your school schedule and find out when your biggest breaks are.  Do you have more morning classes or afternoon ones?  Often times students report it being easier to go to the gym or on a run immediately after class.  This is because that physical activity break works as a buffer between class work and homework.  For a student to go straight from focusing on a lecture to working on the work they have to take home can be a big strain on their mental stability and focus, thus causing them to burn out quicker on reading and typing and become less productive.  Then it can lead to no motivation to do anything else, like getting out to break a sweat.  By doing some workout routines between the mental focusing you can kill two birds with one stone; bettering your health while preparing yourself to better your GPA.

Understanding your body

It’s also important as a fit-conscious student to understand your body and the type of person you are habitually.  Are you more of a morning person or a night person?  If you have no problem getting up early and find it easy to get up and moving in the morning, than perhaps working out or getting in a cardio session first thing in the morning would be a good suit for you.  Before class and your day starts, getting a good sweat to burn some calories and kick start your metabolism could make the rest of your day upbeat and productive.

However it is understood that not everyone is a morning person and nights are more suitable for their ability to get up and moving.  Working out towards the end of the day, after class or work, is just as viable an option to get a good workout and better yourself.  Students do report that the campus gym is usually very crowded this time though or it might close fairly early.  Therefore many students look to join an outside of school gym or maybe even get their hands on some workout equipment that can be easily stored in their room to get a good workout on their own time without dealing with crowds.

Diet is important

Although fitness can be a great feeling and after a good workout you might consider yourself bettered and healthier, breaking a sweat isn’t the only part of fitness that should be considered for college students.  In fact, only half of the hard work for a healthier body and slimmer look is done in the gym.  The other half is made in the kitchen, or at least the box of snacks you keep in your dorm.  Being in college, there is a constant bombardment of accessibility to cheap and easy food.  Pizza, pasta, burgers, donuts; all these foods are readily edible at local shops all around campus.  It is also a common thing for students in ‘study mode’ to consume large amounts of coffee or energy drinks to stay up and keep their focus on the books.  Most students don’t realize the number of unhealthy fats, calories, and sugars they are taking in daily.  By taking easy steps to restrict your diet, be aware of your intake, and consider healthier options in the dining hall, you can make your time spent working out twice as productive without the need to spend twice the time in the gym.

Zach C. writes for Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense, a criminal defense law firm in Austin, Texas. Zane thinks that being a law student would be hard.

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