Keeping fit during your university years may not be at the front of your mind, but by maintaining a healthy body, you’re going to see some positive side effects spilling into the rest of your uni life, from having better concentration to having more energy to party. Keep in mind these nine tips to keep your fitness at peak.
1. Give In To The Snacks
Sounds completely the opposite to what you’ve been told about eating between meals, but forget about that. Snacking on healthy food throughout the day will help keep away the temptation to overeat at mealtimes or gorge on sweet treats.
Snacks will help keep your energy levels up and provide you with better concentration during study periods.
While it might feel good to fill up on caffeine drinks and carbonated cans, but in fact, these options aren’t really doing you any favours.
Cutting down on caffeine has proven health benefits while sugary drinks do nothing to help your teeth or your waistline.
Thankfully there are plenty of other options out there including flavoured teas and of course, good old-fashioned water!
3. Skip The Gym
Seriously, skip a session and get some rest. There will be some days when taking a nap will have way more benefit to you than putting in a hard session and feeling exhausted. Exercise is supposed to energise and inspire, so if you’re overdoing it and feeling drained take a day off and recover from your exertions.
4. Keep ‘Em Clean
Your hands that is. Universities are a breeding ground for transmission of germs and bacteria and by simply washing your hands before you eat, you stand a much greater chance of avoiding all kinds of illnesses passed on by human contact. A virus can easily be picked up on a door handle so keep some antibacterial gel on hand and make use of it.
5. Don’t Stress
Easy to say but one way to lose your fitness zeal and feel generally unhealthy is to let stress overwhelm you. If you feel the pressure of work building up make sure you take time to talk to a friend or school counsellor and stop the worry before it becomes a greater problem.
6. Keep It Fun
Exercise doesn’t have to be all grunt. It can be a lot of fun too. If lifting weights is your thing, why not take part in an outside training course lifting tractor tyres or swinging kettlebells in a park. Runners can try the many outdoor obstacle races that are on offer nowadays – anything that keeps you motivated in your training.
7. And Always Wear Sunscreen
Overall fitness also includes your skin’s health. Don’t neglect your sunscreen when heading out on hot days. Burnt sore skin does nothing for your social standing but the increased risk of certain cancers through prolonged exposure to the sun is what you really want to be worried about.
8. Find Your Village
Gather your friends together and make exercise a communal activity. Not many people really enjoy hitting the track alone, so create a team event and get everyone involved. Find opponents and enjoy fitness plus a bonding session with your university roommate.
Catherine McDermitt, an educator at PhD Writers and Essayroo, agrees: “Everyone needs to unwind from study and instead of hitting the bar with friends, find a common sport everyone can enjoy together”.
9. Stay Motivated
It can be super disheartening when all your training doesn’t seem to be paying off and you’re missing your goals but bear in mind that everyone hits a rough patch every now and again. The trick is to push through and you’ll soon see the results that you are working so hard to achieve.
Having fun in university doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health. By making it part of your everyday life and routines you’ll strike a balance that gives you the best of all worlds.