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Staying Active through the Job Search

Job searching, resumes, applications, and interviews definitely can take up a lot of your time. And, when we start to get stressed and our schedules are overbooked, what’s the one thing many of us subtract from our day? Exercise. Research shows that the number one reason people don’t exercise is a lack of time. But, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, so don’t let time be your excuse. It’s possible to be busy and exercise, I promise! Try these ideas to help keep you active through the hectic world of job searching.

Exercise with a friend. In undergrad, one of my favorite memories was working out with my roommates. We did circuits together at the gym, had fun fitness Fridays exploring hiking trails, ra112n races together—you name it we did it! Exercising with a friend helps keep you motivated by having someone to hold you accountable for your work outs. You’re much less likely to ditch the work out if you know you’ll be leaving your friend high and dry.

It’s all about the ratios! Develop some sort of movement ratio in your head: “for every 30 minutes I spend working at my computer, I’ll get up, walk around, and stretch for 5 minutes”. Set timers on your computer, phones, UpBands, or FitBits to remind you to move. Build a ratio that’s realistic and works for you.

Pencil it in to your Schedule. Hopefully you’re using some sort of agenda book/to do list/calendar to organize your life (makes life much easier than trying to cram it all in your brain!). And, if you are—pencil in your work outs! Write down times when you know you have a chance to go for a walk or go to the gym and you’ll feel so accomplished when you get to cross it off your to-do list.

Use your resources! As IU students, we ALL have access to the Campus Recreational Sports facilities on campus (the SRSC and WIC). I currently work for Campus Recreational Sports, and let me tell ya—we have SO many options to be active right here on our own campus! I can’t urge you enough to take advantage of these resources while you can. If you enjoy playing sports, recreationally or competitively—try intramurals. If you enjoy a group environment that’s motivating and fun, group exercise all the way—we have over 80 group exercise sessions a week ALL FOR FREE! If you enjoy swimming, we have programming for every level of swimmer. And, if you want to just come play sports, lift, or do cardio on your own time—we have all the equipment and space you could dream of! Check out the website– and take full advantage of everything IU has to offer!

Choose activities you enjoy! The CDC recommends that adults should get 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week, or a combination of the two. It doesn’t matter if you’re dancing around your bedroom or lifting at the gym, movement is movement folks…just have fun! One of my professors showed me a video in class once, and for whatever reason, its message really stuck. The video below is a study done to see if increasing the fun in movement can increase the movement..and it worked. The fun theory prevailed. So I leave you with this message: don’t let life get in the way of your health; challenge yourself to stay active through the job search..and have fun doing it!


ShelbyDietz_BioPicShelby Dietz is currently a second year graduate student in the School of Public Health studying Physical Activity, Fitness, & Wellness. She is working on campus at IU Recreational Sports as a Group Exercise Graduate Assistant. Fitness is her biggest passion in life, and she hopes to ignite that passion in others.




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IUSPH Career Services

Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:

•career counseling
•job placement
•volunteer opportunities
•resume and cover letter preparation
•interview skills
•graduate school preparation

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