It goes without saying that preparation is key to passing the Bar. Anyone who has taken it will always have some tips to give someone who is about to take it: “Study at least 8 hours a day,” “Finish at least 3 readings,” and so on. Less heard of are tips to stay physically healthy in time for the Bar exam.
Much like the dreaded “Freshman 15”, those preparing to take the Bar tend to let themselves go to concentrate on preparing academically. For the Bar-taker, it’s easy to just grab whatever’s available on shelf so as not to interrupt study time or to miss sleep to finish the day’s review coverage. Preparing physically is also equally important because one cannot afford to be sick when October comes. Missing a day of studying during the month might not only affect the flow of the review, it may also have psychological affects. Staying healthy seems to be highly effective in exam-taking: according to 2012 Bar topnotcher Ignatius Michael Ingles, he stuck to a strict diet and exercised every day.
Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t that difficult to be healthy, and one does not even need to be a health buff. To keep things simple, there are only three things to remember in order to stay healthy:
- It’s not just about what we should remove from your diet, but also what we should add to it.
When people try to be healthy, it’s almost immediate that they stop eating food they consider unhealthy, such as fast food, sweets, pork, carbohydrates, and soft drinks. What they forget is to add the healthy stuff in. The most important thing on any nutrition or health plan is water. Over 60% of our bodies is made up of water; it removes the waste and carries the nutrients around our bodies. When it comes to food, everyone knows how important vegetables are and yet, most of them skip it. Preparing for the Bar might be a good way to persuade themselves to regularly include it in their meals. Fruits are also rich in vitamins and should be part of everyone’s daily diet.
- Consistent exercise.
According to the Mayo Clinic , exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves one’s mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep. However, to some people, exercise may seem like a scary word, especially to those who really are not physically active. The good thing about it is that it comes in many forms. Some people worry about the time taken out from studying but nowadays a new workout trend can be a possible solution. High-intensity interval trainings (HIIT), depending on the type, can be as quick as four minutes are can last up to 30 minutes, which is still pretty fast for a total body workout. Another plus is that a number of HIIT workouts can be downloaded as phone or tablet applications so travel time to the gym can be eliminated. For those who want a more relaxed workout, walking at least 30 minutes every day is a good option.
- Get enough sleep.
No matter how much people try to be healthy by eating right and exercising consistently, their bodies will not function if these do not get the right amount of rest it needs. Also, without rest, one’s mind will not function properly. Before the Bar exam, it is important to get enough sleep that will ensure that your mind is fully awake to recall and remember the laws and provisions that you will be tackling for the day.
With these three tips, one will not only be physically ready to take the Bar, but will also be physically ready to take on more challenges of the world.