Let’s talk about fitness

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We all know that student life can wreak havoc on a healthy lifestyle: busy schedules, Kraft Dinner and endless studying just isn’t workout friendly. Unfortunately, it’s easy to let fitness slide when you’re caught up in busy everyday life.

Whether you are bulking up, losing weight or just keeping a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to do a well-rounded workout. You could do a hundred crunches, but if you don’t add in cardio you’re missing crucial benefits. A well-designed workout includes cardio and strength training, as well as flexibility, and should be anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

Of course, with busy school schedules and extracurricular activities it can be difficult to make time to workout. On workout days, go to class in your gym clothes. If you’re already dressed and ready, you make it easier for yourself to stop by the gym.

Try and go to the gym with friends. It’s especially nice to have a buddy if you’re new to the gym. If you don’t want to bring a friend to the gym, bring a reading from one of your classes. Print out an article from class, sit yourself on a gym bike and kill two birds with one stone.

Even if you don’t have time for the gym, there are ways to squeeze quick, easy workouts into your day. Try breaking your half hour of exercise into ten-minute chunks: when you wake up, as a study break throughout the day and before you go to bed.

There are plenty of simple workouts you can do without equipment, even in the cramped space of a dorm. Classics like squats and pushups are tried and true. Try doing tricep dips using your desk chair. Throw in some jumping jacks for cardio, or put on your music and get wild with your best dance moves.

Try doing little things throughout the day, like calf raises while you brush your teeth, or taking the stairs. You may brush off a quick workout as not being worth it — but a little bit of exercise is better than none.  Exercise boosts self-confidence, relieves stress and will help you stay golden throughout university, so make the most of it.


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