Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Distance Education: Online Learning & Student Fitness

Online Learning and Student Fitness

Distance Education and Student Fitness - Walk it off!

You’re studying online. Good for you! That means no more dashing across campus to make your next class. No more drudging up and down lecture room steps every morning… Hey I wonder how many calories I used to burn doing that stuff?

One thing you may not have considered is distance education usually means learning from a very fixed position.

Little things like not walking to and from campus, or even classes, can add up. But don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to help maintain your weight, or even lose a few pounds while studying at home.

Take advantage of your home base

You’re no longer vulnerable to whatever is passable as healthy in the food court. You can take the time to make good and healthy snacks/meals when you study at home. On the flip side, the proximity to the kitchen can also lead to more snacking. So be careful.

Make time to exercise

You’re pretty much in charge of setting your own schedule, so take advantage of the power. Schedule time to exercise whenever you can. Most experts tell you to physically map out your study week. Be sure to write something like jog, gym, Pilates, or bike ride in and around the lunchtime time blocks.

Walk it off

It’s simple, you could sit there and study for hours at a time, but don’t. Get out of the chair and walk around at least once an hour. Otherwise your muscles will stiffen up. You’ll feel lethargic, and be less inclined to work out later.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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