exercise

It’s no secret that college can be incredibly stressful, especially during the time of finals and thinking about what you’re going to do with your summer. Alleviating this stress is important, and it is even more important that you do this in a healthy way. While hiding in your bed and eating junk food may be tempting, doing that every single day will eventually just lead to even more stress and feelings of depression.

Exercise is one of the best stress relievers out there: you get to vent your frustrations on equipment instead of people, and the endorphins you receive during exercise boost your mood and concentration! You don’t necessarily have to utilize your university gym to get these effects; you can just start running or playing pick-up ball with your friends. If you do decide to go to the gym, take advantage of all it has to offer. Many university gyms offer swimming pools, exercise classes, equipment for tennis courts or racquetball courts, and a variety of cardio and weightlifting equipment. There is something for everyone, no matter what you’re interested in.

The best way to keep yourself interested and your stress levels low is to change up your form of physical activity. Swimming might be your favorite, but doing it every day can eventually become monotonous. Try doing a dance class or weightlifting class every few days to keep your body and mind guessing. While you might not be interested in working out at first, give it a try the next time you’re feeling stressed. You might find the benefits greatly outweigh the effort it takes to get to the gym.

Schools out for the summer! It is a wonderful feeling and the best time to relax and recuperate after successfully completing two semesters.  The summertime is the best time to begin or continue fitness routines. You do not have time constraints between classes, assignments to focus on, and meetings to attend.  Taking time for yourself is important, but taking consistent time for your self should be the constant goal.   Physical and mental health is equally important during the summer months.  With classes not in session, your lifestyle may become more sedentary.  It is important to keep your body and mind sharp.  Below are tips to keep your mind and body sharp during the summer months.

Ideas for Physical Sharpness

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Walks Around the Neighborhood
  • Cycling
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Train for a 5k
  • Try a Vegan Diet
  • Yoga

Ideas for Mental Sharpness

  • Read a book
  • Start a blog
  • Meditate
  • Take a personal enrichment course
  • Volunteer at a Summer Camp
  • Complete a book of Sudoku Puzzles
  • Participate in a Scavenger Hunt
  • Keep a summer journal
  • Start a Video Blog
  • Complete an internship