I know what you’re thinking: ‘I just got to college and I’m already gaining weight. How could this happen?’ Well, the fact is that many young people gain around 15 pounds during their first year away from home because of a lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Unfortunately for most students, there isn’t time to join a gym so here are some tips to help you stay in shape and eat better.
4 Ways to Stay Healthy and Fit during College in 2022
1) Carry your lunch to school with you instead of eating the unhealthy food that is served there. Not only will this save you money, but it will keep the pounds off. Pack a healthy sandwich or salad rather than burgers, fries, or even worse…fast food. Try keeping a log of the food you eat so that if you overdo it on certain items or even skip a meal, you can see what you’ve eaten and adjust accordingly.
2) Get involved with on-campus activities. There are lots of sports teams to join here, some at no cost to students. Keeping your grades up while staying active will not only help you feel better but will make you look better too.
3) Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Some students find it hard to go to bed early since they’re excited about living on their own and staying up late is easy. Try setting an alarm for 10 pm every night so that you can wind down rather than stay up all night watching TV or playing video games. You’ll feel better if you stick to this rule!
4) Instead of driving everywhere, try walking or riding your bike. Parking near campus may be far away so leave your car behind and walk instead. Not only will this help you lose weight but it’s good exercise as well!
11 Tips to Stay Healthy and Fit while studying (College Students)
1) Try to resist the urge to eat junk food while studying. Instead, pack healthy snacks like carrots or apples that will keep you away from the vending machine and fast food joints. You’ll feel better about yourself if you stick with it!
2) Make sure you’re drinking water instead of soda or juice throughout the day. This will help flush your system and keep you alert so that your brain can take in all this great information you’re learning in school! I know caffeine is tempting but try not to drink too much coffee since caffeine has been linked to weight gain as well.
3) If possible, get up an hour early before class starts and go for a run or do some pushups/sit-ups. This way you’ll be wide awake and ready to take on anything your teacher throws at you! You can even do all the work that will be covered in class that day so that if there’s a quiz or test, you’ll know what to expect.
4) Try not to drink too much alcohol, especially if it is an every weekend thing for you. While having fun with friends is great, drinking does lead to eating poorly since everyone goes out for wings or burgers afterward. Also, try avoiding energy drinks if they are keeping you up late at night or causing palpitations…trust me, it isn’t worth it!
5) If possible, join an intramural team instead of just hanging out with friends during your free time. You’ll be getting exercise and also meeting new people at the same time. This will help you stay busy even if you don’t feel like exercising so you can still eat well and maintain your weight!
6) If there is no way that you’ll be able to join an intramural team, then try to go for walks with friends or hit up the gym instead of just sitting around playing video games all day long. There are lots of great workout shows on TV now so check them out and get inspired!
7) Keep track of everything that you eat throughout the day rather than waiting until later in your freshman year when it’s too late to turn things around. Try writing down what you put in your body when you’re at school so that if you’re eating too much, you can cut back and avoid gaining weight.
8) Getting involved in student organizations on campus is also a great way to meet new people who can help guide you through your college career while staying healthy and fit!
9) Before giving up on losing weight by exercising, try stretching instead of saying “I don’t have time.” 10 minutes before class or when you wake up in the morning are two times that work really well…trust me, it’s so worth it! You’ll feel better about yourself down the road if you give this one a shot.
10) Take advantage of any gym facilities that are available to students for free or at an extremely low price. This will save you a ton of money and you’ll have a chance to meet friends at the same time which can also help to motivate you.
11) If you don’t have much time during the day, try going for a walk during your “lunch hour.” This will give you some exercise without taking too much time out of your day so it won’t interfere with what you have scheduled. Try even using this time as a study period if possible since then doing something productive that’s good for you!
For more helpful tips like these, talk with your College Advisors. They’re here to help you succeed in college and stay healthy!