Studying online means you inevitably spend a lot of time sitting. While we’d never advocate for less time studying, we absolutely encourage you to bring a bit of movement into your study space.
According to WorkSafe Victoria, spending prolonged periods of time in front of a computer can wreak havoc on your back, shoulders – not to mention your health and longevity. That’s why making time to be physically active is just as important as keeping on top of your assignments.
Here are four tips we’ve put together to help you maintain your physical wellbeing without affecting your study routine.
Stretch for study success
Taking a few minutes every couple of hours to stretch can save you from activity based injuries, improve general flexibility and increase blood flow to the brain – which will help you focus.
We often remember our bigger muscles, the legs and upper arms – but one of the areas we use the most at a computer is our wrists, because they’re constantly in motion while typing.
Healthline has a short list of wrist exercises you can do at your desk to help this overused but under stretched body part. Our favourite is the ‘Stretch Armstrong’!
No excuse for not exercising
It’s pretty easy to come up with excuses not to workout – too cold, too hot, too wet, too little time. Well, not anymore! These five, ten, or fifteen minute sessions can be done from the comfort of your own home.
A short burst of exercise will boost your energy, improve your mood and sharpen your focus. Customise your routine to suit you, focus to get your technique right and maintain your intensity throughout the workout. The benefits will speak for themselves!
Design a workspace that protects your body
We’ve talked numerous times about the importance of setting up a designated space for your study, but have you set up that space to protect your physical wellbeing?
Some key things to consider in designing your workspace is good lighting, adjustable screens, a chair that maintains your posture and keeping all frequently used objects within arm reach.
Give yourself a break and feel the ongoing reward
We know hard work requires focus and dedication, unfortunately this often means we forget we’ve been sitting in the same position with little to no movement.
Taking a five minute break each hour actually benefits your work by refreshing productivity and alleviating the potential for musculoskeletal damage and discomfort. Even if you don’t take the time to workout or stretch give yourself five minutes to refresh and re-charge.