The Homework Workout: exercise your mind and your body

“The experts” say you should take a short break every 20-30 minutes when doing homework. They also say you should exercise regularly. Teachers say the assignment is due tomorrow and if you don’t hand it in . . . .

What to do?

Enter the Homework Workout.

Set the timer for 20-30 minutes and start in on the homework. When the timer goes off, do a set of pushups, say, and a set of squats. Don’t forget to stretch. Reset the timer, and go back to the books. When the timer goes off again, do another set of each exercise. Don’t forget to stretch.

The Homework Workout will keep your mind fresh and alert, your muscles toned, and your homework assignments up to date.

You can do lots of exercises right in your bedroom or study: pushups, squats, ab crunches . . . try some isometrics, too. If you do yoga, try a few sun salutations. If you have weights, do some curls or overhead lifts.

You’ll end up in great shape, and so will your grades.

(Don’t forget to stretch.)

Author: Eric MacKnight

I have been teaching English since 1980 in the United States, Morocco, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, The Netherlands, and China. Good Habits, Good Students is my first book.

4 thoughts on “The Homework Workout: exercise your mind and your body”

  1. I think that’s a great idea. In fact, I’m going to try it tonight while I’m doing MY homework. I’m a huge fan of working out so if I associate it with doing homework I think I might get more done. Also, it is proven that yoga helps you relax and unwind…sometimes your mind needs that break while you are stressed about endless amounts of work.

  2. I think that this is great and I might make a simple version and send it home with my students. I do something similar when I am working on the computer for a long time. I work for awhile then do some abs or legs lifts and then I go bcak to work.

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