If you’re staying in your home town and already belong to a local sports team, great. This means you’ll stay involved in regular sporting, and can let off a bit of steam when the assignments are piling up and exams are just around the corner.
The same goes for if you’ve already got a gym membership. You may have to change your gym times and days, or attend different classes, but it helps to keep the workouts up.
For those moving cities or not already involved in sports, it would pay to see what sports or health and fitness opportunities are offered by your tertiary institution.
There might be ultimate Frisbee team, dance group, or a running group to get involved in.
An annual Uni Games is also held in different places around the country every Easter, and now stands as the largest yearly multi-sport event in New Zealand. Sports at Uni Games have included handball, lawn bowls, volleyball, and 20/20 cricket.
It also helps to take breaks and move around if you’re working hard on finishing an assignment. It’s easy for the hours to fly by if you’re focused on finishing an essay, but your body and mind will thank you for taking little breaks of physical activity.
Even if it’s just five minutes to stand up, stretch, and walk around – it gives you a good breather so your brain doesn’t turn to mush by the end of your study session.