Four Reasons to Put Down your Textbook and Start Exercising

September 15, 2014

“Exercise? Who has time for that?”


With a long list of reading materials to get through, part-time jobs, volunteer work, and job applications, who has time to work up a sweat? However, before you toss the whole idea of exercise to the side, here are four reasons why you should include a workout in your hectic daily routine…



1. It’s a Beneficial Form of Procrastination


As students it is inevitable that we would master the art of procrastination. However, rather than Googling what trouble Justin Bieber gotten himself into this week, or YouTubeing covers of your favourite songs, take 10 minutes out to perform some short spurts of high intensity movement. You don’t have to break into a sweat; you just have to move your body to reap the benefits of endorphins.



2. It Breaks the Monotony and Improves your Focus


Learning the law can sometimes be boring. Although some people may get a kick out of learning how to break out of contracts, learning about when a writ can be served is less appealing. If you’ve read the same page 10 times in a row and still not taken anything in, take a few minutes to break out of that monotony with some stretches, push-ups or lunges. I find that it helps to reset my brain, especially when I get stuck solving a problem or understanding a principle.



3. It Helps with Stress


It’s common to feel overwhelmed at law school, particularly around assessments. There are numerous studies that show that exercise helps ward off feelings of stress and anxiety. The endorphins released by exercise help you to feel more positive and relaxed, and isn’t that something we could all use at the moment?



4. It Helps you to be a Less Cranky Law Student


My wife once said that approaching me during my study time is akin to bothering a bear. Most law students will agree that being disturbed when they’re in the ‘zone’ does not end well. However, this does not bode well for our relationships with others, especially the people supporting us through our degrees! Although this doesn’t mean that we’ll always welcome a social distraction, exercise can help improve your mood and maybe turn you into a less of a cranky pants.


So there you have it, some of the good reasons to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. So put down that book for a few minutes and get moving! 


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