6 Quick Fit Tips for Overcoming the Stress of Finals (& Getting Your Body Summer-Ready in the Process)

Adriele Parker works at the Wasserman Center with Student Employment. She is also the Center’s resident fitness expert. Here, along with a bit of help from Estela Gonzalez, CAS ’14, she offers forth fitness strategies to get you through Finals. And, after her tips, scroll through for more WasserJams.

Summer is nearly here! Of course, before you can even think about enjoying the warm weather, I’m sure you’re stuck in your Res Hall, Bobst, an IT Lab, or other windowless-study environment, chugging Red Bull and freaking out. Before you go in to full on panic mode, check out these fitness-related tips that are sure to help you relieve some stress, clear your mind, and whip your body into tip-top shape.

Without further ado:

1.) BREATHE. No seriously, it’s that simple. A few deep breaths can help you relieve stress, clear your mind, and strengthen your core (i.e. your abs).  View Time’s “6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in Ten Minutes or Less.”

2.) YOGA. One-up your breathing and incorporate stretching. Check out Huff Post’s “10 Best Yoga Poses for Stress Relief.” Also, check out this current list of free Yoga classes around the city.

3.) WALK. Take a walk around Washington Square Park, around the block, Central Park, etc. Enjoy the warm weather, clear your mind, boost your immune system (from the Vitamin D your body will absorb from the sun), and burn some extra calories. Be smart, wear sunscreen.

4.) CARDIO. Run, power walk, bike, row, dance, etc. Get that heart rate up up up! Working out is a proven stress reliever as it helps increase endorphins (the feel-good chemicals your body releases). Check out NYU Athletics for Coles and Palladium hours. Also, check out the city’s free group fitness classes through ShapeUp NYC.

5.) STRENGTH TRAIN. Guys and girls can benefit from strength training — and ladies, you will NOT bulk up from lifting heavy, I promise. Doing body-weight exercises, resistance band exercises, or lifting weights will help relieve stress and build some pretty impressive muscles. Building muscle not only protects your joints and bones, but it also increases your resting metabolism–which means you’ll continue burning calories even after you’ve completed your workout. Click the links above for NYU Athletics’ facility hours.

6.) EAT. Make sure you’re fueling your body with nutritious, healthy foods. I know it’s tempting and convenient to snack on chips or candy, or live off of cheap, greasy takeout or $1 pizza, but try to limit your intake. The excess sugar, processed ingredients, and unhealthy fats will make you sluggish. If you must eat on the go or consume takeout, opt for healthy options (i.e steamed Chinese take-out or a veggie $1 slice). Fresh fruits, veggies & dip, granola bars, and protein bars make for awesome, cheapie, on-the-go snacks. NYU dining has some great healthy options for meals and snacks. Check out the NYU dining hall hours and go for a swipe (or find a friend that’s trying to get rid of extra swipes or Campus Cash)

So there you have it, six fit tips that will not only help you relieve stress during finals, but that will also begin to help you sculpt your Summer body. Best of luck!

Adriele Parker, Student Employment: “Enjoy Yourself” – Jackson 5…  The lyrics ooze happiness & positivity, plus you can NEVER go wrong with the Jackson 5!

Leah Lattimore, Associate Director: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye feat. Tammi Terrell. You can’t go wrong with Motown.

Dustin Gee, Assistant Director at Wasserman, NYU-Poly: Lately, I’ve found myself commuting to work listening to “Best Day of My Life” by the American Authors. It gets me energized to take on the adventures of a new day and puts me in a proactive mindset.

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