Staying (or getting) fit in medical school can really be a challenge because of the huge time commitment that studying takes. Not only does it take time away from working out or going grocery shopping for healthy food options, but sitting at a desk all day can really take a toll on your body.
Tip 1: Schedule in workouts. Make a plan of how often and how long you want to workout and work it into your study schedule. Making time to workout not only helps you stay in shape, but it helps relieve stress and refresh your mind to keep on studying.
Tip 2: Incorporate working out into your study routine. A lot of people like to keep the gym and the books separate, but I like to take advantage of the time I have and do both at the same time (on occasion). I will watch lectures on the treadmill or go through flashcards on the elliptical. I find that I am a lot more focused on the material when my heart rate is up and I am getting a workout in.
Tip 3: Take five minute breaks every hour to move. Getting up to stretch, walking around the block, or do a set of squats helps refresh your brain and keep your muscles from being sedentary for too long.
Tip 4: Meal prep. Planning and cooking meals ahead of time helps you stay on track with eating healthy. It is a lot easier to go grab fast food or snack on unhealthy things if you don’t have a meal in the fridge ready to heat up.
Tip 5: Find time for things you love. Being healthy isn’t all about exercising and eating right. Stress can have a big impact on your body even if you are doing everything else right. Schedule in time to relax, hang out with friends, and do the things that you enjoy.