You guys, I am currently in my first weeks of UNI (or college in America) and it kinda stresses me out, haha. Don’t get me wrong, I have actually really few hours per week, but I am also working part-time, studying for my personal coach certification, plus I am still blogging around 18 hours per week because it is one of my passions.
So, with that being said: I am really busy. Just like a lot of people in college.
And I could easily get overwhelmed and confused about how I am going to go to the gym 5 times per week. But I am not, because I have got the best strategies.
So, if you are wondering how the hell you can get fit in college with all the stress, I have got you covered. Keep on reading!
Getting fit in college: Exercise
I actually really enjoy working out, because of the stress releasing effect of it. But, I know that I am a weirdo and that exercising isn’t the favorite thing to do for most people.
Therefore, I would like to start with a few simple ideas, which you can easily incorporate into your daily routine for more movement.
1. Walk everywhere
Walking is being undervalued big times. Most people don’t see the great number of benefits that come with it and nobody associates walking with exercise.
BUT, it actually burns a lot of calories and it is a great exercise for anyone, who doesn’t want to go to the gym or do cardio. Walking is simple, it is free and everyone can do it! I cannot recommend it enough.
PLUS, you save yourself a lot of transport payments.
2. Dance it out
Dancing is so much fun. And it burns so many calories!
Do a little dance party in your room, while getting ready. Or go out dancing with your friends (but without alcohol, of course).
3. Stretch or workout during study breaks
This one is such a game changer, not only for your body but also for your brain. You should always use study breaks effectively so that your mind can relax a little bit.
And NO, I don’t mean scrolling through social media.
Stretch, do some exercises, squat it out or do yoga. You will notice a huge improvement in your memory and overall learning experience. And, it is great for your body.
Do you find these options a bit lacking? Do you really want to commit to working out in college? The next few ideas are perfect for you!
1. Buy some weights and workout at home
If you are just starting out, home-workouts are a great option for you! Training with your bodyweight only has a lot of benefits, like more stabilization, getting to know what your body is capable of and you don’t have the danger of injuring yourself, like in the gym.
- Download my free 7-day workout program HERE!
- You can watch workout-videos on youtube if you have no idea where to start.
- Buy a yoga mat, some light dumbbells, and a resistance band and you are good to go
2. Outdoor cardio
Running, bicycle, inline skating, etc. If you are into cardio and you love nature, this tip is perfect for you. Get yourself the repetition as THE runner in your UNI 🙂
Personally, I am more of gym girl, therefore I don’t enjoy running as much. I respect anyone who “has to go for a run to clear their head”. I would love to be this girl haha.
But, I do love being in nature, which is why I really enjoy going for long walks. It is so therapeutic.
3. Go to the gym
Some people are scared of getting a membership at the gym. They think everyone is going to stare at them and judge them.
But, for me, the gym has always been my place to escape the rest of the world. No matter how stressful life is, at the gym I forget everything. The only focus is on me. It is my therapy.
Why go to the gym?
- Firstly, it is so much fun
- You have a huge variety of machines, free weights, and a functional area
- It is perfect for when you want to tone up your body and get some muscle mass
- You can target each body part on their own and therefore sculpt your “ideal body type”
- You can challenge yourself each time by using a heavier weight
- It feels empowering
Btw, if you are wondering how you can build muscle mass or lose weight, you may enjoy these posts:
Enough good reasons to start working out in college? Hope so!
Getting fit in college – Food
Let’s continue with having a healthy diet in college/as a teen.
It can be so hard sustaining a healthy diet when there are constantly parties, junk food, and alcohol to deal with. Trust me I have been there and I am still trying to figure out how to beat the devil – junk food. But every challenge is an opportunity to grow 🙂
Firstly, here are some tips on what is important for a healthy diet
- Eat a fueling breakfast – Muesli, eggs with avocado, protein bread with peanut butter, etc. Breakfast is so important to keep you energized throughout the day. Especially when you have an exam.
- Eat enough veggies – Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins
- Have a healthy balance of your macros – the average macro percentage would be 50% carbs, 30% protein, 20% fat
- Watch out for sugar – the WHO (world health organization) recommends staying below 25g of sugar per day. However, the average person consumes a lot more than that. It can be really bad for your health, so watch out for sugar!
- Consume little to no alcohol – Currently, I am doing a 1 year no alcohol challenge. It is super hard, but I feel awesome. It is great to wake up on a Saturday morning with no hangover.
- But, if you do drink alcohol: Stay away from sugar-rich drinks, like vodka with juices and cocktails. Rather drink tequila or wine.
More healthy tips
I have some other healthy habits or tips for you that are pretty helpful.
Get enough sleep!!
Our body does so many important processes while it sleeps. Digestion, producing hormones, etc. You need to get your 8 hours of sleep per day.
You are probably thinking “Oh thank you, Hana, how the hell should I not stress about my exams”.
I know being a teen or in college can be so stressful. But, try to keep your stress levels as low as possible.
Stress does pretty uncool stuff with our bodies. When we are in a stressful situation the body produces high amounts of energy to “escape the situation”. When this energy isn’t being used it stores in our body. It has nearly the same effects as eating sugar or white flour.
- Whenever you are stressed try to use the excess energy by moving around, dancing it out or working out. It helps
- Practice self-care. Meditate, do yoga, take a hot bath, read a book, do something you love. It is so relaxing.
Always keep a healthy balance. The key to a healthy lifestyle isn’t to workout 6 times a week and only eating healthy food. This way you will someday experience a burnout.
Keeping a balance means working out and eating healthy, but still sustaining your relationships, having fun, partying and eating cheat meals. This is for your soul.
Thank you for reading!
Let me know if I should continue this series about college/teen life and give you more tips on healthy living, budgeting and getting fit during college.