Math has never been a strong suit of mine. When it comes to calculations, my head gets a little dizzy. This includes attempting to calculate how many hours I spend on the computer. I do know I spend more time on the computer than I do sleeping! Growing up in the digital age, my generation doesn’t know life without it.
With school ruled by assignments, papers and research, the amount of time required to sit and do homework multiples our generation’s use of this technology ten fold. Some might argue the rigors of school require such outside work, but really? How am I supposed to fit my exercise in, when I have a readings for medical nutrition therapy class on my mind?
Is society suggesting I run on the treadmill while reading my textbook? I’ve tried it. I’m half fasting both—reading and exercise, so I’ve decided if I’m going to do something, I’ll provide it all the focus it deserves. School work always trumps all other responsibilities. I can understand why people have a hard time fitting exercise into their schedule.
I used say if you want to do something you will, you make time for it. My thinking has evolved to you have to make the best of situations and cleverly multitask responsibilties if possible.
The amount of sitting required to be on the computer is bad for posture, increased formation of crows feet from constant squinting, stiff neck and shoulders and lower back pain. A lot of problems associated with lower back problems are related to one’s lack of physical activity. One’s posture’s poor because one’s body can’t hold their upper body, since there isn’t a strong core.
Critics may argue how many hours are used for personal use, social media and chatting? Yes, the Internet does offer those mediums, but the amount of time I know I spend NOT on those websites or programs, but on academic research and assignments is ten fold. Obviously, the amount of work required of college students isn’t going to dwindle, but how do we prevent the inevitable killing? Studies have shown that studying or working for more than 2 hours straight can lose its effectiveness.
It’s so easy to think you’ll sit down and study for hours, but not only is bad for your overall health, physically, mentally and emotionally, but one can actually retain more information and perform better with breaks.
Here are some quick tips:
- Take a quick walk around the walk—recharge yourself
- Read an article on a topic that interests you—not relevant to material you’re covering!
- Whip up a nutritious meal—stay away from the chips, empty calories and soda!
- Suggested meals:
- Strawberry, kiwi and spinach salad—15 minutes
- Southwestern Shrimp Salad—15 minutes
- Quick pasta for one—18 minutes
- Tropical Pizza –22 minutes
- Schedule break every 2 hours
- Call a friend to catch up—keep it short!
- Don’t study in bed, although comfy, you’ll fall asleep—trust me, I’ve done this too many times
- Turn off all social media and email—you can “lock” your computer to only academic websites
- Suggested meals: