Here's How To Actually Get Fit When You're A College Student
When carrying around thousands of dollars worth of textbooks isn't enough.
College is the land of all-nighters, endless studying, and some of the best parties of your life — which is why it may seem impossible to find time to exercise.
1. Before you start, come up with some realistic and healthy fitness goals.
2. View working out as a positive addition to your life, not something that's going to suck up all your free time.
3. Start with short workouts a few times a week. This is college — you have enough on your plate as it is.
4. Schedule your workout like a class... but don't stress out about it like a class.
5. Even doing 10 or 15 minutes of a super-intense workout, like sprints on the treadmill, is a great place to start.
6. If a gym fee is included in your tuition, think of working out as not wasting your money.
7. Take a physical education class for credit and get an easy A+ for your workout.
8. Or try an intramural or club sport you're really excited about.
9. Do your class readings when you aren't going as hard on the treadmill or stationary bike.
10. Master lots of bodyweight exercises if you haven't already.
11. Keep a yoga mat in your room.
12. Or get a jump rope.
13. Invest in a kettlebell or set of dumbbells so you can always lift at home.
14. Or get ~creative~ with your own DIY weights.
15. Use the stairs in your dorm or around campus for a good workout.
Running up a flight of stairs is a super easy and effective cardio workout, and even toe taps on the bottom step can really work your legs, Giovinazzo says. Just don't do it during the between-class rush or you might get trampled/annoy a lot of people.