Whether you’re brand new to online school or even if you’ve been online schooled your whole life, you may have noticed it can be slightly difficult to un-plug from your computer and take an exercise break. Exercise has been proven as a key component to success, both in school and in your life outside of school. The best part about a regular exercise routine is that it can help you manage stress, remain in good shape, and increase academic performance. Although it is always best to err on the side of caution and not start out with an activity regimen that is too extreme for you or your body, perhaps if you’re just starting out on your fitness routine, you should start walking or taking the stairs more often, these simple changes over time can make big differences.
The best way to start an exercise routine is slow and steady, refrain from trying to do too much too quickly and focus more on sustaining and growing your current fitness level over time, this way you’re less likely to cause injury or lose motivation. “Children and adolescents should get at least 1 hour or more a day of physical activity in age-appropriate activities, spending most of that engaged in moderate- or vigorous–intensity aerobic activities. They should partake in vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least three days of the week, and include muscle-strengthening and bone strengthening activities on at least three days of the week.” (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Exercise is a wonderful segment into leading a healthier life, combined with healthy eating and taking care of your mental and physical health, you can add to or completely overhaul your entire health routine!
You should work-out to feel your best and improve your health, so don’t feel pressured to do too much or overachieve in the beginning, it’s critical to listen to your body and not to shock your system by doing too much and getting hurt, slow and steady always wins the race!
Work Cited- Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health, 11/20/13, Physical activity guidelines: How much exercise do you need?, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2013/11/20/physical-activity-guidelines-how-much-exercise-do-you-need/ , 10/3/19
Author- Tori P