Recently, a PI Girl asked about how to manage her time between studying and staying healthy. It is a challenge, and it takes balance, discipline, focus and determination. It’s difficult to stay in a routine unless you incorporate it into your schedule and carve out time for yourself and your body.
It’s really difficult to find time to study, focus and exercise. I totally understand that this time of year, it’s hard to focus on working out, especially because there is added pressure with finals and the holidays around the corner.
Why should we all work out?
1. It helps our energy: There is a theory I have that the more you do, the more energy you have. I feel like the less you do, the lazier you become. Exercise keeps your heart pumping and also keeps your metabolism working well.
2. It is beneficial to our health: There have been hundreds of studies that have indicated that exercising and eating a well-balanced meal improves your health. Why would we not want to be healthy? Of course no one wants to be sick, tired or lethargic. Let’s be honest—we all feel good after a nice workout, even only after 20 to 30 minutes. Why? Because your body releases chemicals called endorphins after your workout or are active. These healthy endorphins are a signal that the body is in a positive mode.
3. We will be more focused: When you exercise, as I mentioned, you will have higher energy, you will feel better about yourself and you will have longer endurance for the day. You may think, “Oh, I have class until 10 p.m., so I’m not going to work out today, I don’t want to overdo it.” It’s actually quite the opposite. If you exercise, even for 30 minutes (walking, jogging, hiking, stretching and doing Pilates moves, dancing, biking, skating, running and so forth), you will feel vibrant and energized and it will help carry you through the evening.
4. You will build your immunity: When you work out, your body is becoming stronger and more durable. You are working and moving the muscles in the body and you are caring for yourself. Click here to watch Dr. Oz’s workout video to help boost your metabolism.
5. When you work out, you WANT to eat healthier: When you exercise you will WANT to eat salads, fruit, fish, chicken and legumes because you know that they will give you brain energy and healthy antioxidants. Once you remove chips, fast food, candy, sodas and sugars from your diet, you will feel SO much better. Everything is okay in MODERATION, but most schools sell junk food for college snacks, unfortunately. You may be able to find a power bar or protein bar, but STAY AWAY from candy bars and high fructose corn syrup…so bad for your body and teeth. You can treat yourself on occasion; remember, BALANCE is key.
6. God calls us to take care of our temples: God asks us to keep our bodies pure and filled with good things that He created. In essence, God wants us to not only put healthy foods in our bodies, but healthy spiritual food, too! Of course, we are humans and we fall short, but always remember this to be encouraged to stay focused on your goals.
What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
PI Girls, do you have any workout tips? How do you balance work, school and exercise? Comment below!!
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