Balancing a healthy lifestyle with studying:

A lot of you have been asking me how I find time to exercise in the run up to exams, and what things I eat while studying, as well as how I generally balance health with revision - here’s a post that answers these :)

STUDY SNACKS:

  • Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries - any berries really
  • Trail mix (you can buy it or put together your favourite seeds, nuts and dried fruit to make your own)
  • Mixed nuts
  • Smoothies (buy them or make your own)
  • Greek yoghurt (it’s best when topped with granola and fruit)
  • Pitta bread and hummus/dips
  • Rice cakes (topped with whatever you want)
  • Apple and peanut butter
  • Dark chocolate
  • Nakd bars and Trek bars
  • Graze - you can order a whole range of health snacks from this website 

EXERCISE: I find that if I am very stressed out because of revision and approaching exams I can release and get rid of a lot of that anxiety by exercising - going for a walk, run or cycle. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.

It can be hard to find time when you have a lot of studying to do throughout the day, so I generally exercise first thing in the morning before I do anything else. It helps wake me up and makes me feel good and energised for the day ahead. 

I don’t have a gym membership, and a lot of people can’t get one due tot he cost or that there;s no gym near them - here are a few links to youtube videos and ideas of home workouts that require no equipment and are also very quick:

It’s really easy to just do a quick 10 minute workout at home, you could do it in one of your study breaks. I think it’s also good to have prepared your food the day or morning before, or know exactly what you’re going to cook that night - otherwise it can just be a lot easier to go out and get a takeaway. There are loads of quick and healthy recipe ideas on tumblr and buzzfeed etc. a lot of which can be prepared in advance, so you don’t have to spend time cooking during the exam period. You can’t always eat healthy though; so if you want a big piece of chocolate cake then give yourself a big piece of chocolate cake because you deserve it!