Whether you’re just starting at a college or university, going to school part-time while working or have kids going back to school, it can be a stressful time of year. Change is definitely in the air. There are new classes, new social events and not much time to relax or think about your health. So you think! Here are some easy tips on staying healthy and fit while adjusting to a new schedule.
The first tip is simple. Keep a routine. It can be especially difficult if you’re a college freshman going away for the first time. You’re suddenly spiraled into making your own food choices 24/7 and dealing with much more stress, a packed schedule and peer pressure. The best way to deal is to have a routine. Set a workout schedule that coincides with your class schedule and find a buddy to work out with, set times for your meals and either grocery shop for yourself or choose healthy options in the cafeteria and have healthy snacks readily available in your dorm.
Most campuses have a rec center and are usually free or very inexpensive for students. Check out their group fitness classes, hit the gym or swimming pool or simply walk or jog around the track. It is a great option for working out, especially in winter months when you won’t be working out outdoors.
If you live on campus or even if you commute, walk to all of your classes. Chances are they are far enough away from your dorm or parking space to get some good exercise, but not too far to make it impossible. Bikes are also great if you have to go a little farther. Some campuses even offer free bike rentals.
If you love sports but didn’t join a team or don’t have the time, look into a P.E. class. You can often take sports for school credit that will help you create a schedule of working out a few times a week. Being on a team also makes you less likely to skip your class or workout because you won’t want to disappoint your team or be the reason they have to forfeit.
You might be excited about all the parties you’ll now attend, but drink smart. If you’re over 21, have some fun but make sure you’re also drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume. Also remember that light colored alcohols are fewer calories than dark ones.
What is your advice for staying healthy in college or while taking classes or starting a new schedule?