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Now that we’ve all gotten that Easter chocolate out of the way, it’s time to get back into shape (no, not circle) before welcoming the new academic term. Since we’re all either home-or-library-bound busy studying for the upcoming examinations, here are a few ways to keep yourself fit indoors and without spending too much!
1) Water Bottle Weights
Relatively cheap, and you don’t really have to go out of your way to buy one - chances are that you have a bottle of your own - just fill it up with water and use them as weights to strengthen your arm, shoulder and back.
Try to get a bottle that fits comfortably in your grip. Once bottles get too easy, move on to other stuff like milk jugs (or schoolbags). Be creative!
If there are staircases in your accommodation, exploit it as much as you can; instead of taking the elevator, use the stairs to get back to your desired floor. In fact, take some time out of your daily routine to do some step-up exercises.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be staircases if you prefer to avoid the stares of your fellow hallmates, just grab a sturdy chair, or just a footstool and you’re good to go!
3) The Plank
If you don’t have a lot of time, but you want to build up your core muscles, this is the exercise for you. Get into a push-up position, but instead of bending your arms and moving down towards the floor, hold the position with your arms extended. Start off holding the position for 30 seconds, and add an additional 10 seconds every day.
See how long you can go for – it’s definitely not easy! This is one of the most challenging exercises, but it’s also one of the of the best for your core.
4) Cleaning Your Room
Set aside a few hours to do a full-room-cleaning. Clear that clutter on your table, organise your books neatly, mop (or vacuum) your room, and change your sheets. Other than keeping your room in a clean state, it serves as your physical of the day too! Might as well kill two birds with one stone eh?
5) YouTube Workouts!
For more tips, just head over to YouTube to search for indoor workouts! A few examples to start with are squats, push-ups, and step-up exercises. The “related videos” section will guide you from there. Also, subscribe to exercise channels for more inspiration!
Well, an advice for this step is just make sure that you don’t get lured further into watching cat videos for two hours straight..
Other helpful sites:Great Ways to Work Out Indoors (WebMD)6 Simple Indoor Exercises (SheKnows)10 Ways You Can Exercise At Home (FitWatch)
LinkedIn is an incredibly helpful professional networking site that can serve as a useful tool during your job or internship search. If you haven’t already created a profile, you should definitely consider it, particularly if you are currently in the process of searching for work. Here are a few tips for using LinkedIn:
1. Create a profile
This is a pretty obvious first step, I know, but there’s a bit more to it than you might realize. Creating a profile doesn’t just mean putting your name and “LSE Student” as a headline. It’s a good idea to fill out as much information as possible, highlighting your strengths and helping potential employers realize why you might be a good fit in their workplace.
2. Do some searching and familiarize yourself with the website
You can search for things by using LinkedIn’s preset categories: People, Jobs, Companies, Groups, Universities, and Articles. If you know specific people and you haven’t used LinkedIn before, start by searching for them and requesting to add them to your network. If you are interested in looking for jobs directly advertised on LinkedIn, try the “Jobs” category. Groups are a great way to find like-minded people, and joining a handful will bring some interesting news and conversations to your home page’s updates.
3. Be active
Joining a group and being inactive isn’t really enough to have a presence on LinkedIn. If you join a group related to young marketing professionals, try and comment once in a while. Similarly, if you find a really interesting professional article online somewhere, share it with your connections. The more you put into LinkedIn, the more you get out of it.
4. Make new connections
Making LinkedIn connections is both easy and complicated. If you know someone personally or professionally, definitely send them a request to connect. However, there are a few bits of LinkedIn etiquette that you should read about before contacting people you don’t know. Since I’m not a LinkedIn expert, I’m going to provide a few links with advice to help you expand your professional network. Check out these links on how to best pursue new professional connections:
LinkedIn Professional Community Guidelines (LinkedIn)
The 3 LinkedIn Etiquette Rules You Should Never Break (Fast Company)
How to Send LinkedIn Invitations and Messages (About.com)
Why I Shouldn’t Add You on LinkedIn (Social Media Today)
5. Ask for recommendations
One of the best ways to show your strengths on LinkedIn is by asking for recommendations. That way, if someone searches for you, your recommendation will be publicly displayed on your page, making you more attractive to potential employers.
And here are just a few additional links to help you with creating a LinkedIn profile and getting the most out of your experience:
What Every College Student Should Post on LinkedIn (Mashable)
8 Mistakes You Should Never Make on LinkedIn (Forbes)
The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Mastering LinkedIn (blog)
Does Abstract Maths (MA103) feel, well, too abstract? Do you need a friendly push to help you prepare yourself for the upcoming examinations in Summer Term? Drop by next Tuesday (29 April) for the LSESU Actuarial Society’s second MA103 Help Session!
The help session will be coordinated by former president of the society, Run Xian Tan. In the session, he will be covering past-year papers (specifically Year 2013), while providing some problem-solving techniques that will definitely give you an edge in answering examination questions.
Do sign up for this help session by filling up your details at this Google Form here as soon as possible to avoid letdowns, as we have LIMITED spaces! It’s free-of-charge for LSESU Actuarial Society members, but there’ll be a small charge of £1 for non-members.
P/S: Run Xian scored a whopping 99 for his MA103 last year, so yeah, rest assured you’ll be in safe hands during this session :).
Links:Facebook Event PageSign-up link (in case you missed the one above)
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