Why It’s Important for Healthcare Students to Stay in Shape

1st May 2017

staying in shape with swimming

Whether you are studying an MBA in healthcare management or a Ph.D. in nursing you’re going to be busy. Finding time to exercise might not be a priority and when you’re tired and overworked it can be easy to neglect exercise and start eating an unhealthy diet. However, staying in great shape is incredibly important for a huge number of reasons.

To Avoid Illnesses

When we’re busy and stressed out our immune system can struggle, especially if your course requires you to spend time on placement with patients. To help boost your immune system, it’s important to eat foods that are rich in immunity building vitamins, but also to get some exercise. Exercising three times a week can help your body fight off illness, both in the long and short-term by reducing your blood pressure, increasing your strength, and helping your heart.

For Your Mental Health

It’s easy to get stressed out while you study and depression among young people is becoming much more common. Exercise can be a great way to improve your mental health. Exercise like running or swimming can be great for clearing your mind and helping you to focus while also releasing endorphins, serotonin, and adrenaline, all of which can help you to feel happy. Many young people also struggle with self-confidence and body image. Regular exercise can help to boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem by giving you a great sense of achievement and self-improvement.

To Help Your Sleep

Many students stay up late at night studying and then struggle to switch off and go to sleep. But, sleep is exceptionally important when it comes to keeping your body and mind working at their best. It’s thought that getting just 10 minutes of cardio exercise a day can help you relax and get a great night’s sleep. If you don’t have much time, try making some simple changes such as walking to the library instead of using public transport and taking the stairs instead of getting in the elevator.

To Set a Good Example

Studying any form of healthcare degree means that you’ll either be working with patients or working in a healthcare department of government or law. Wherever you end up working it’s important that you set a good example. Patients and the public look to healthcare professionals as educators and role models. Maintaining a healthy weight and looking after yourself is a great way to show others the way.

For the Long-term Benefits

Benefits such as looking after your physical and mental health aren’t just short term. Staying in shape means you’re less likely to suffer from conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and depression in later life. You could even live a lot longer.

Setting up good habits while you are studying your MBA in healthcare management will make it much easier to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle when you start your career. Good habits can include regular exercise, a balanced diet, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep. Remember, you need to look after yourself to be able to offer the most to patients and others who might need your help in the future.