More Tips to Avoid the Freshman 15
With all the studying, late night cramming sessions, paper writing and exams, you might find it difficult to even walk to the other end of your apartment or dorm. However, physical fitness is crucial in college, because research shows that it will better regulate your sleeping habits, help you retain more information for studying and even give you more energy.
As a college student you might scoff at first, but as soon as you start experiencing the benefits you will realize what you’ve been missing all those groggy mornings and afternoons where all you want to do is crash.
Here are 5 tips for maintaining your fitness routine in college.
- Don’t go too far. Working out in college might seem daunting, because mainly you might not feel like heading to the gym. However, you don’t even have to leave your dorm or apartment to get the 30 minutes a day of exercise that most doctors recommend. It is important that when you take study breaks that you dedicate a portion of that time to sit-ups, crunches, pull-ups, and push-ups. Do a few repetitions of each and you’ll get a chance to work out different parts of your body.
- Buy a small exercise machine for your apartment or dorm. By making a small financial investment you’ll feel much more committed to spending some time each day working out and getting some physical exercise. You are probably getting plenty of mental exercise, but it is important to balance it out with at least some running in place on a treadmill or stair climbing on an elliptical machine. If you have a small living space make sure to measure before hand to see if you can even fit an exercise machine in your apartment or dorm.
- Next, make sure to create a routine. Just jot down your workout times into a notebook or calendar. It is easier to be diligent about your workout routine if you make it a priority. You could even enter your workout times in your phone and then make sure to get an alert to give you little reminders. A fitness routine can be hard to stick to if you don’t make it a part of your daily routine.
- Also, regardless if you are getting an MBA in strategic management or any other degree, it is always better to work out in pairs or in a group. It is, in fact, much better to stick any routine if it is done with close friends or colleagues. If your college has a gym, perhaps you can recruit a few of your closest friends to join you a few nights a week for a post cram session work out.
- Lastly, start slow and don’t let your fitness routine stress you out. It can be easy while you are in college to cut out any extraneous stress factors – a fitness routine being one of them, but it is important to pace yourself and listen to your body. Working out should be a pleasurable experience and certainly not a chore.