Take a good long look at your physical condition. There is no better place to start when assessing your current situation. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is often the first and most difficult area to address. What does physical condition have to do with being a student? Good physical conditioning results in better circulation of blood to all areas of the body, including the brain. Good physical conditioning results in feeling more alive and having more energy. When you feel good you are more apt to have the energy to study and more stamina to keep at it. Becoming a good student is hard work that requires energy and endurance. Be honest with yourself in this area of your assessment. Make the first commitment to yourself on this road to becoming a good student one that results in you taking better care of yourself in order to build the energy level and stamina you will need.
If you haven't had a physical examination for some time, that is the place to start. Most colleges require that you present evidence of a recent physical exam by a physician before ever moving to campus your freshman year. This assures that there isn't something going on that will interfere with the whole learning process. Once you get clearance from the doctor, it's time to look at your everyday life style.
If you currently get no exercise, resolve to get some exercise every day, or at least some significant exercise three to five times per week. This is something that should be a part of your life plan for on-going good health, so you might as well get this habit into the system early-on and stay with it for life. Do not resolve to start running three miles five times per week the first week. Commit to twenty minute walks five days per week at a comfortable but brisk pace. After a couple of weeks you may want to increase the time to thirty minutes and later on to forty minutes. You may decide that you are going to start a jogging program by jogging one mile each day and gradually increase it to where you run three miles four or five days each week. Once you have reached that level you can maintain that pattern and enjoy the new energy and stamina that you will be developing.
If you are an active high school or college student involved in athletics or intramural sports and get plenty of exercise during the course of any given week, walking may not be a necessary requirement for you. However, if you cease other forms of activity and find you are getting no exercise, it is best to take up walking or cycling or swimming or something to make sure you are getting regular exercise.
Last Updated: 08/20/2013