Finals are here and let’s face it… we don’t have much time to do anything but sit in a library and study all day long. It just so happens that finals are ACTUALLY at the WORST TIME EVER because these are the weeks right before summer when we’re trying to get our bodies into tip-top shape for swim suit season!
So we thank you, University of (insert yours here) for making it that much harder to stick to a diet and exercise plan. I very much appreciate being stagnant at a desk for 6+ hour long periods reading text books.
We could definitely make excuses and let finals move the scale up five pounds BUT we shouldn’t and definitely don’t have to! Here are the ways that we can use finals to OUR benefit… The ways to kick finals’ asses for once instead of them kicking ours in every possible way.
1) MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES. Seriously.. I know this sounds like a “duhhhh” statement, but this can be the absolute hardest thing to do. It is really hard when everyone in your study group is ordering Toppers Pizza or Chinese Takeout and you JUST WANT A DAMN SLICE (or 3 in my case) OF CHEESY, DELICIOUS PIZZA! But take a second and think about this: One slice of delivery pizza—which who honestly eats only one—is anywhere from 200-300 cals/7-20g of fat on average. Then if breadsticks are included, those can be anywhere from 70-100 calories per stick.
If I ate what I honestly would (probably 2 slices of pizza & 2 breadsticks—ignore this if you do not eat like a 12 year old boy in a growth spurt), that would be 670 calories for ONE meal, not including if I use any condiments like cheese or garlic butter, etc, etc.
What is the best thing that I do is either a) order a healthy sandwich (like a Turkey Tom sans mayo) from Jimmy Johns or b) BRING MY OWN FOOD! Honestly this is what I normally do because I just can count out my calories at home and not worry about making an excuse as for why I am not just eating the pizza. Think about what your body needs—BRAIN food! We need to be giving our bodies fruits and vegetables and lean proteins for it to be able to function properly! Carbs and heavy foods like pizza just make me tired and focused on how full I am rather than on whatever I’m studying.
2) Drink TONS OF WATER. I know that I talk about this all the time, but honestly there are more benefits than the regular ones in this context. Okay so I get super bored when I am studying, and I want a reason to walk around. Drinking tons of water = PEEING EVERY 15-20 MINUTES! Plus, those 10 trips to/from bathroom could maybe even add up to walking a mile! Calories burned! ;) Lotsa agua will give you guaranteed breaks, a little extra exercise, and a hydrated & happy brain!
3) Grab a buddy and study while you walk! My roommate and I do this for the classes that we are both in! Take a study guide or a list of terms you need to know, and just walk for an hour or two and take turns talking through every other term!! This could make you walk anywhere from 3-8 miles in that amount of time which could burn anywhere from 300-800 calories (give or take a few depending on your speed/weight/etc.)! Seriously this makes studying way more fun, and if you are a kinetic learner, walking while thinking really helps make connections rather than just sitting at a table.
4) Do take breaks to work out and TRY your best to sleep at normal times. It is so good for your body and your sanity to honestly just take 45 minutes a day and exercise. It is healthy and such a GREAT stress reliever. Also honestly it is so hard to go to bed at relatively normal times, but breaking up sleep patterns ALWAYS results in me eating like a starving animal… so I really try to still go to bed before 2 am and get up around 9am… or something similar to what I do when finals are NOT running my life!!
OVERALL, please just take care of your body and make sure to take study breaks and have some times where your brain can just shut off! You are all absolutely perfect and will do GREAT on your finals! Good luck :) :) I’ll keep you posted with my finals snacks and stuff that I pack with me :) LOVE LOVE LOVE! Send me pics of your snacks on Twitter!! :)