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Six Tips For Staying Fit In College

It's easy to forget about staying in shape during your college years and unfortunately, a lot of students do this. By the time you graduate, you could be looking at serious weight gain and that will be tough to get off. Avoid this dilemma by making fitness a requirement during your collegiate career. The following tips can help you to accomplish the goal of staying fit in college!

Tip: Plant a garden at your home. Many people don't realize that beginning a garden can be quite a bit of work.

1. Plan to stay fit. You've got a million things to consider as a college student, and keeping fitness high on your list of priorities is important. While you never want to neglect your studies, you don't want to neglect your health either. Pencil in a few fitness sessions on your busy schedule and stick to the commitment.

Tip: Pay for a long-term gym membership ahead of time. The guilt you will feel by not using the club will hopefully get you to go more often than you normally would.

2. Sign-up for a sport. This will allow you to continue working toward your required credits and keep you fit at the same time. Since most colleges offer a variety of different sports, you should be able to find something you are qualified for and enjoy. Ask a friend to join you on a team and really get into the spirit of your school's programs.

Tip: A person can maximize any benefits they get from exercise by varying their exercise activities. You can run around the block instead of using a treadmill.

3. Join a fitness club. The areas around campus are usually cluttered with businesses that cater to students, and fortunately, fitness is one of them. Look for a gym that is frequented by a large body of students, so that fitting in will be a breeze. Coordinate your schedule with others and make fitness a sociable and fun activity. Don't forget to get your student discount either!

Tip: To tone up your triceps, you should try to do some simple push-ups. Only instead of doing a normal-style push-up, you can directly target the triceps by turning your hands in 45 degrees, until your fingertips are facing each other.

4. Set your dorm room up with fitness equipment. If it's more to your style, purchase a size-appropriate treadmill, exercise bike or weight lifting bench and get your fitness fix every day before class. You should be able to find a compact model that will fold-up and easily fit in a closet or under your bed. Check classifieds and thrift stores for rock-bottom prices on equipment that will keep you fit all year long, no matter what the season or weather brings.

Tip: Do not let this worry you. Biking is another excellent fitness activity.

5. Always walk to classes. Although many campuses offer shuttle service to and from different areas, walking every time is a great way to keep yourself in shape and enjoy the fresh air. It's far more enjoyable than riding a cramped mini-bus and can also help relieve stress and tension. Again, joining with other students will keep your routine fun and interesting and benefit them as well.

Tip: When you begin working out with weights, always start out with smaller muscles first. Your smaller muscles will get tired before your larger ones, and it also makes a lot of sense to use small dumbbells before using big ones.

6. Remember the mind-body connection. Studies show that physical health benefits mental health, and you need that more than ever in school. Keep your blood flowing and your metabolism functioning at top-speed, and you will have an easier time keeping up the grades and maintaining your chaotic schedule. Just ask your doctor how staying in shape can keep your mind sharper and more focused, under even the most extreme of college circumstances, like when you have to stay up all night to cram for exams!

Too many students become so engrossed in studies and social gatherings that they neglect their health. Don't let this happen to you! The last thing you need on top of student loans and having to find a job after you graduate is weight compromising your health and slowing you down. Make fitness a priority as you go through college and stay in shape!

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