Staying fit at university will help you cope better with stress, improve your focus, and promote good health for the rest of your life. Even though it may feel like your schedule is already full, you should be able to make time for fitness. Just make sure you’re gaining the most from your workouts by practicing the following tips.
1. Combine Cardio, Strength, and Stretching
A fitness routine needs a balance of cardio and strength training, plus some stretching to maintain your flexibility. You may like to stretch after every workout or dedicate a couple days to flexibility exercises.
Cardio is crucial because it increases your heart rate, which keeps your heart and lungs healthy. It’s also useful for increasing your metabolism, helping you maintain an ideal weight, and improving energy levels, mood, and sleep. You should fit a minimum of two and a half hours of moderate cardio exercise into your weekly routine, such as low-impact aerobics, dancing, or cycling. Alternatively, do at least one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous exercise like uphill biking or hiking.
Strength training is what builds your muscles and endurance, helping to keep your bones, ligaments, and tendons strong. Again, this is useful for weight management, but it can also prevent chronic illness and reduce the risk of injury. You should fit at least two sessions of strength training into your weekly routine and make sure you work all the muscle groups of the body.
2. Use Campus Facilities
Paying for a gym membership is expensive — even with a student discount. The good news is it’s often unnecessary because your campus likely has great facilities you can use, such as gym equipment, a track, and maybe even a pool. If you need more motivation, find out if your university holds fitness classes. You may be able to join them virtually from home.
3. Exercise at Home
There’s no need to wait for live fitness classes to exercise at home. You can find countless results for routines by searching on YouTube or downloading a fitness app. Both are great ways to try out different types of workouts and find what resonates with you. Start with routines that don’t require any equipment and then purchase whatever you need when you’ve figured out what you enjoy most.
4. Stick to a Schedule
Unless you create a workout schedule, you may find it difficult to meet your fitness goals. Block out time each day on your calendar for exercise, specifying what kind of workout you’ll do — this will help ensure you strike the right balance and don’t neglect any muscle groups.
5. Pair Up with a Fitness Buddy
Hold yourself accountable by working out with someone else. You can agree to attend the same classes, go to the campus fitness centre at the same time, or practise at-home routines together. When you have a fitness buddy, you’ll be letting down more than just yourself if you fail to go to your workouts.
6. Move More
It’s better for your body if you’re constantly active than if you just exercise once and remain sedentary for the rest of the day. Simple things you can do to increase how much you move include walking to campus and biking longer distances, taking the stairs, playing sports on the weekend, and going for a walk when you need a break from studying.
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