5 Great Exercise Plans for Busy Students

It can be very easy to neglect exercise when you are busy, especially if you are studying an intense course such as a masters in health informatics. However, staying fit while you are at college is remarkably important. Not only will it help set up good habits for life, help you maintain a healthy weight and help you fight off illnesses, but it will also help reduce your stress levels and improve your confidence. As a student, you won’t always have the time or money to go to the gym. Fortunately, there are some quick, cost effective ways to stay fit. Here are five of the best:

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How to Encourage Young Teenagers to Exercise

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It seems as though every generation is accused of being less active than the one before. That may or may not be true but the fact is, the current generation of younger teens really is less active than any generation that went before – ever! With so many texting and messaging their way through life, about the only part of their bodies that get exercise are their fingers, eyes and occasionally their brains. Yes, it’s meant in a light-hearted manner but the sad reality is, it’s all too true. If you are looking to encourage young teenagers to exercise there are ways to go about it without setting yourself up for a major rebellion.

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Intelligent Exercise: Ways to Workout Smarter, Not Harder

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We live in the “hacking” age, where we try to do things faster and smarter. Nothing good comes easy, but that doesn’t mean you have to experience pain along with your gain when it comes to building muscle, shedding fat, and getting in better shape. Leave room for intelligence when you exercise and you’ll find you don’t have to work harder, just smarter. Consider the following ways people are engaging in intelligent exercise.

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Two Ways to Improve Your Health in the New Year

Just like every other year, 2014 began with people all over the world making bold resolutions, and many of them probably involved their health. While some just want to lose weight or get more exercise, others are interested in improving their overall lifestyle. This has become huge business for the health industry, and as a result, there’s an almost intimidating amount of products on the market these days. Though I don’t pretend to be an expert on the matter, I recently tested out two new health-related products that could be exactly what you need to ensure you actually follow through on that New Year’s resolution.


Fitness trackers were all the rage in 2013, but the Basis B1 is unique in that it not only measures things like steps walked and calories burned, but also tries to help you form new habits that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Using advanced sensors on the back of the watch that track your heart rate, motion and physiological materials like perspiration, the Basis B1 can uncover bad sleep patterns and levels of stress that you may not even be aware of. Yep, in addition to automatically recognizing activities like walking, running and biking, it also tracks your sleep, including how many hours of rest you get each night and when you go to bed and wake up. It then crunches all that data into an easy to read graph that shows when you’re most active, what time of day your heart rate is most elevated, how much you sweat and more.


The Basis B1 has flaws just like any other fitness tracker (the Bluetooth syncing is particularly slow and it doesn’t account for things like stationary bike riding), but for those that want to know more than just how many calories they burned in a given day, it’s a great way to learn about your habits and even provides you with achievement-based goals towards becoming a better, healthier you. The Basis B1 also functions as a watch, and it boasts such a simple and clean design that it’s the kind of accessory you can wear without looking like you just came from the gym.

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