As a college student, a typical schedule includes classes, studying, homework, social obligations, extracurricular activities and even a part-time job. With such a very busy lifestyle, it is sometimes difficult to find time to exercise. However, finding some time to workout can improve your concentration and focus, preventing some pounds from packing on and keeping you fit and healthy.
Your Type of Exercise
You can aim, at least 150 minutes of a moderate to intense aerobic exercise every week. Some moderate intensity exercises are brisk walking, while a vigorous intensity workout includes cycling or playing sports. Together with your aerobic exercise, you can squeeze in two or three strength training sessions every week. The strengthening sessions include exercises for all your major muscle groups such as your back, hips, chest, legs, arms and abdomen. Performing aerobic exercises can protect your heart and doing strength training can keep your bones and muscles strong. Just make sure to stretch gently before and after you exercise to improve your flexibility and prevent injury.
Most universities or colleges, have an indoor track, swimming pool or even a fitness center available on the campus. Membership is often free or discounted for the students. Try to review first your schedule and find an extra time to fit in your exercise routine. If you don’t like doing formal workouts, then playing sports will do. (Tweet Me!) Whether it’s basketball, football, swimming and others, you can definitely benefit from it. You can also walk around the campus or bike going to your classes. Incorporate a healthy meal along with your workout routine for an effective result. Also try to break from a hardcore study session for at least thirty minutes and take a few walks or climb the stairs of your building.
If your schedule will not allow you to visit a gym or join a sport, look no further than your own dorm room. While it serves as your bedroom, that space can also be your personal gym. You can clear a specific spot on the floor for jogging in place, skipping rope or using resistance bands. On your strength training days, you can do push ups, squats and lunges. You can also do some stretching exercises after getting out of bed. If you just do not like the idea of developing your own exercise routine, you can simply turn on a workout video and just follow along.
With school work, cozy bed and social obligations all vying for your attention, it is easy for you to lose your motivation to workout. To help you stay on track, try to gather your friends or classmates to help you stay accountable. You can make a pact to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. As much as possible, exercise together to increase the motivation. You can also involve your roommates in your dormitory. Having time to stay fit despite the hectic schedule is not that easy. But if you are motivated and determined to have a healthy lifestyle, then everything will work smoothly.