With only a handful of weeks left this semester, finals are rapidly approaching. And we all know what that means- stress, stress and more stress. But what’s a great way to work off stress? Eating lots of chocolate or fries? Drinking massive quantities of alcohol with friends? While in small doses those aren’t bad choices, neither of those is the answer. Going to the gym or outside for a run is, however.
The weather has been beautiful here and there isn’t a reason why we can’t all go outside and enjoy it for an hour, as I’ve mentioned before. Being in the sun usually makes people relax in the first place but with the addition of a little exercise the smiles will grow even bigger. I’m not saying we all need to grab our running shoes and jog around campus-even though that’s not a bad idea- I’m saying we need to grab a football or Frisbee or grab some friends and head to the sand pit for volleyball.
Working out to reduce stress needs to be a long-term goal though. It will work right now but for it to be really noticeable will take some time. For example, our bodies might not react with that workout to relieve the stress from studying the first time we go for it. So think of it this way, if we start now by finals our bodies will be wanting that 10 minute run or quick soccer game to relax and its win-win.