3 Ways to Stay Fit in College
posted on July 18, 2018 | by Laurie Kelso
Let’s be honest, eating healthy and staying active is not the easiest thing to do in college, especially when you are already trying to balance classes, work, sleep, and friends. That being said, I believe it’s super important to stay fit and healthy – even in school. When your body is energized and feeling healthy, it shows in other parts of your life. Waking up thirty minutes earlier to hit the gym (instead of scrolling through your Instagram feed in bed) is definitely worth it! Plus, exercise is proven to benefit mental stability, sleep, and overall stress reduction. Here are some tips to help you feel good!
Find a workout buddy
I’m always way more motivated to get to the gym if I have a friend to do it with. Encourage your pals to sign up for that new cycling class at the school gym, or coordinate times in your class schedules to workout together. Sign up for a workout plan (try Kayla Itsines 12-week program). You can split the cost with a friend to keep it affordable. Holding each other accountable will help you stay encouraged and reach your fitness goals faster.
Make exercise a fun & free weekend activity
Hiking is a fun (and free) activity to be able to spend some time with your friends or your significant other. Plus, you’ll get in shape doing so! Ditch Netflix and sleeping in on a Sunday morning. Instead, grab friends to explore your local state park or hiking trails. Bring a healthy picnic to award yourselves when you make it to the top! If hiking trails aren’t nearby, hit the park and bring a Frisbee or soccer ball and sweat it out.
Keep stress levels down with study break workouts
After studying at the library for five hours, my brain can never seem to focus for a second longer. My favorite way to relieve built up stress is taking thirty minute study breaks every three hours to get a quick workout in, or talk to a family member or friend on the phone while walking around campus. After you release unwanted pent up stress, your brain will be recharged and ready to get back to hitting the books.
Those are my quick 3 tips, but I’d love to hear yours!
How do you/did you stay fit in college? Let me know in the comments below!
You’re so right, working out in college can be tough to fit in to an already crazy schedule. I do agree that if you make it a priority, it will really benefit your mental health and overall wellbeing. I like to run about four times each week. I sort of “schedule” it into my week so that I know it’s happening. I also like to make sure I run somewhere scenic, like the beach or a park, so that it’s somewhere I want to be instead of on campus. It also has helped me to sign up to an exercise class, such as yoga or pilates, so that I am committed to a regularly scheduled class that I also paid for! And it can be really nice to work out with other people and possibly meet new friends there too.
Thank you! It seems to me that the very stress of studying allows many people to be thin. Although it is naturally bad for health, but I can’t imagine how during my studies there can be a desire to go in for sports because I simply don’t have enough strength for it. Especially when I need to write an essay https://essayontime.com.au/pay-for-essay-in-australia I even forget about food. Therefore, I often pay for an essay to people from Australia.
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Amanda Clarke Says
It is necessary to follow the diet and to exercise. These are my two essential conditions. I don’t always eat healthy food, but I try to calculate calories so that I don’t eat more than my norm. When you are a student, you may not have time to cook yourself, but there are ready-made meals that can be ordered to your home (if your budget allows).
But besides exercise and nutrition, it is very important to be mentally healthy, to have a good sleep, and not to overwork. This sounds almost unreal for a student, but it is important to find a balance. Good advice on healthy living for students can be found here: https://confessionsoftheprofessions.com/25-simple-healthy-lifestyle-tips-for-students-infographic/ it is almost a guide that I try to follow to stay fit and healthy. I think it is interesting and useful for many students.
And it’s great if you’re not doing it alone but with your buddy, that’s right. This is a good motivation and allows not to get off the track.