Learning about diseases that could be prevented by lifestyle choices highly motivates some medical students to stay fit while other students resort to the Wii, which by the way hasn’t been found to lower cholesterol, diabetes, or risk of heart attack…yet. However, there’s the issue of not having time since doing absolutely anything else really cuts into studying time. How do we solve this dilemma of working out versus studying? Well, we study while exercising of course!
You’ve probably seen it before at the gym. A person attempting to jog on the treadmill with a gigantic textbook in front of them. I say “attempt” because all the vertical movement makes it quite difficult to focus on the words. To resolve this, one might stabilize oneself by leaning forward onto the treadmill, thus allowing movement in the lower extremities while completely locking one’s back and upper extremities. The problem with this is that we look ridiculous, but we do it anyways because it’s oddly effective. We get our 30 minutes of cardio in while reading roughly two paragraphs, albeit over and over again. But by the end of that 30 minutes, we know those two paragraphs by heart and that’s two paragraphs less to read! Hey anything counts.
So the next time you see someone studying while working out, just hope they don’t trip, fall, and rip their pants right off (Humbling Moment #3). Because I’ve seen it happen before and it’s just sad.