Sweating During Finals

Photo: Robyn Ribotsky (Wisconsin '18)

Photo: Robyn Ribotsky (Wisconsin '18)

The end of the school year is upon us and that can only mean one thing—finals. During this stressful week filled with all-nighters, junk food, sweatpants, and endless coffee it can be hard to take care of yourself. While it may seem like you’ll never have enough time to write two papers, complete a presentation, and study for exams all at the same time, everyone needs a little break now and then and working out is the perfect way to destress and re-energize. Giving yourself a little 30-minute break will not only improve focus, but also help you maintain a (somewhat) healthy lifestyle. You're too blessed to be stressed, so here are a few tips on how to get your sweat on during finals.

AMRAP Workouts

AMRAP or “as many reps as possible” workouts get your heart pumping and blood flowing. You can find great options online or make up a workout with specific exercises that work for you. For 30 minutes, create six rounds with three exercises each. I found this circuit online that i love!

Round 1: 10 squat jumps, 10 push ups, 10 leg lift crunches
Round 2: 12 plank jacks, 12 tricep dips, 12 alternating lunges
Round 3: 15 jumping jacks, 15 bicep curls, 15 overhead presses
Round 4: 15 bicycle crunches, 12 burpees, 10 alternating rows
Round 5: 10 squats, 10 shoulder raises, 30 mountain climber

Photo: Hannah Udren (Tulane '18)

Photo: Hannah Udren (Tulane '18)

Do each round for six minutes as many times as possible. It works the entire body and you are sure to sweat. The best part is that you’re done in 30 minutes! Don’t have that kind of time to spare? Cut the time down to 4-5 minutes per round, to feel the same burn and be back in the library in no time.

Quick Run or Walk

There is nothing quite like spring in Nashville. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the temperature doesn’t drop below 70 degrees. So when your eyes begin to blur from that tiny textbook print, put down the books, grab a friend, and head outside! A quick jog around Centennial or walk into Hillsboro Village will increase blood flow and vitamin D intake. The sun is also known to increase mood and energy which will be sure to help when studying for those big exams. Again just a quick break of 20-30 minutes will help you feel rejuvenated and you’ll definitely break a sweat in this Tennessee heat.

Class at the Rec

If you have a bit more time to spare, head over to the Rec to enjoy a fun and worthwhile workout. Many of the classes are a hour or less, and they have study tables set up in the lobby so you can do work before or after you exercise. There is a 30 minute ab class, hardcore as well as some 45 minute classes such as body sculpting and indoor cycling. In addition, while the yoga classes are usually the full hour, they will help you totally relax while exerting some energy for full body utilization. Check out our top 10 classes to take at the Rec, here