I once coached a student-athlete who had the most peculiar study habits.
Like many students, she often found herself falling asleep shortly after opening her books. Her solution to this problem was unique. She began studying during exercise sessions. She would prop a book on her elliptical trainer or treadmill and read while pounding out the miles.
Soon, hitting the books became synonymous with hitting the gym. It became common to see her with a handful of notes while doing laps on her neighborhood indoor track. She once ran 100 laps while doing a review for exams.
When she began this routine, she could hardly be called an athlete. In fact, this study-exercise combination helped her to drop 30 pounds and elevate herself from a recreational jogger into a second-team All-Canadian runner over the course of several years.
Having seen her attempt to study on a number of road trips (10 minutes-and-asleep), I always thought that her study strategy was pretty smart. In fact, it made sense, since she was using her brain while it was in a highly oxygenated and receptive state.
However, I must admit that I considered her study habits…unusual.
But no more. A company is now selling treadmills specifically for studying and working. Trumpeting the advantages of combining physical with mental exercise, TrekDesk now makes complete workstations that fit over any treadmill and allow you to walk while you work.
Apparently and unknowingly, my student was on the cutting-edge of exercise innovation.
I have absolutely no connection to TrekDesk, but you can take a look at their website at the following link: TrekDesk
And my student-athlete who could only study while on the run? She’ll be finishing law school this Spring and will be articling with a firm she has worked with for the past two summers. They love her.
I just hope they have a treadmill in their law library.
Dick Moss, Editor,
[tags]fitness,exercise,studying while exercising