It’s hard enough sticking to an exercise regime normally, but during exams, this can be even more difficult. If you don’t have time for your normal exercise schedule or want to try something new out, have a look at 5 of my favourite ways to keep fit during exams.

1. Walking

A great way to get some exercise in is to walk to exams if you live close to exams. Check out 
this article, which discusses how your test results could be improved by exercising 20 minutes before an exam.

If you decide to drive to your exam or catch public transport consider going for a walk after you’ve been studying for 3 or more hours. It’s a really great way to feel refreshed without working up a giant sweat and it doesn’t take too long either!

Walking is a great way to get your blood flowing and clear your head. 



Yoga is one of my favourite ways to release stress from your body. If you don’t have a gym membership for whatever reason but want to do some yoga YouTube will be your best friend. My own personal favourite is this video.

For all you males out there don’t be deterred because yoga is for ‘girls’. Yoga is a great way for people of both genders to strengthen muscles, release stress and get a great workout!


3. Follow a Fitness Calendar

Fitness calendars are a greatway to stay fit because everything is already planned out for you! — Switch that study brain off for a bit and just follow the instructions. One of my favourite sites has a stack of these fitness calendars so females check out this site while males have a look at this calendar.

A fitness regime or community is another great way to keep you motivated. Try the Kayla Itsines fitness initiative. Have a look here.

4. Play a sport with friends

Let’s face it during HSC lots of people don’t have time to join a full-time sporting team but meeting up occasionally with a group of friends is a great way to get some exercise. The benefits of exercising with friends include motivation and socialisation. By meeting up to exercise (and actually doing it) it’s a guilt-free way to socialise during exams — after all, you’re exercising.


5. Visit the beach or go for a swim

Lots of people don’t live near the beach but for those who do, I highly recommend going for a quick dip in the ocean. The salt water will give you a clearer head and the cool water should shock you awake if you’ve fallen into a HSC slumber. If you can’t make it to the beach consider going to your local swim centre. Swimming is a great way to de-stress because it’s just you and your thoughts.

Hopefully this article has given you some tips on how to incorporate exercise into your daily routine during and leading up to exams. Exercise is one of the best things you can do to improve on your HSC results so if you have time or can make time attempt to include it into your daily schedule — you won’t regret it.


Good Luck!

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Lucinda Smith-Stevens graduated from Pymble Ladies’ College in 2016. She is an intern at Art of Smart. She hopes to study a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney in 2017, focusing on Media and Communications subjects.