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Ways to Stay Fit While in College - Finnegan Pierson - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog

Ways to Stay Fit While in College

It can be challenging to stay fit while in college. There’s a reason the term “freshman 15” exists after all—many new college students gain weight after starting college. It’s important to maintain and improve fitness at this stage in life though. Here are some ways to do just that. 

A Look at Why College Students Gain Weight

First, to understand how to stay fit in college, it’s important to understand why students gain weight in the first place. This is attributed to a number of things. Once on their own, students tend to eat less healthy than they did at home. Many are also consuming a lot of added calories from drinking, and staying up late from parties. Many new students played sports in high school and are not in college, meaning they aren’t keeping up a regular fitness routine. 


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Eat Right

If college means a move out of home on your own for the first time, it can be tough to eat right. This is especially true if your life is on-the-go, or if you live in a dorm. There aren’t many cooking options and it’s easy to turn to ramen or peanut butter as go-tos when you’re in a hurry. 

These types of habits will lead to putting on the pounds. They’ll also lead to a lack of nutrition in your diet. If you find yourself tired throughout the day, or with dull skin and bags under your eyes, you may want to consider a timed release multivitamin and energy supplement, like a Thrive patch

Keep Sleep a Priority

Sleep is also very important to overall health and fitness. It can be easy to let sleep fall by the wayside, especially if you’re studying for exams or working a job while attending classes. Add parties into the mix, and it can be really challenging to keep a healthy sleep schedule. 

But it’s important to do so. Sleep gives muscles a chance to recover from the previous day’s activities. This happens during deep sleep. If you’re drinking a lot or going to bed at odd hours, it’s unlikely that your body is getting the amount of deep sleep it needs to help you recover. 

Exercise

Just like sleep should be a priority, so should exercise. Exercise is vastly important to overall health. If you were an athlete in high school and aren’t playing sports in college, you may quickly notice changes in your fitness. Think about the routine you kept in high school and find ways to replicate some of those activities during your week now. Visit the school gym and weight train. Play pickup sports games, or take up a new fitness hobby like spin or hiit classes. 

You can also work exercise into your daily routine. Bike or walk to class instead of driving or taking the bus. Go for a run or a swim on campus between classes. Adding a little extra activity into your day will help you maintain fitness without having to make huge changes to your day.

Drink Less Alcohol and Hydrate

Just like it’s easy to fall out of the habit of exercise, it’s easy to fall into the habit of drinking a lot. Alcohol has a significant negative impact on your health though. It affects everything from sleep to when your body metabolizes food. It also means you’re consuming a lot of extra calories. This leads to weight gain and a decrease in overall fitness. 

Drinking may be an important right of passage as a part of the college experience, but it’s important to balance parties with healthy activities, like exercise and eating right. Limit the number of parties you attend and the number of drinks you have. 

At the same time, you should also make drinking water a priority. Water has huge health benefits, including helping your body recover and sleep. Make sure you’re drinking water throughout the day. If you are consuming alcohol, try to remember to drink water between alcoholic drinks. 

College means big changes in your life, but you can still prioritize and maintain fitness while in school. 



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