Hey y'all. Today I've got a guest post from Caitlin, a fitness enthusiast and mom. She's looking to get her own blog started soon and offered to write a post for me about school and fitness. I had the WORST time trying to stay fit and make time for exercise while in nursing school, so I hope these tips help you out. Be sure to check out Caitlin @HealthyHudson on Twitter and give her some love :)
College is a time where people decide who they’re going to be for the rest of their lives. The formative adult years can either reinforce healthy habits learned at home, or destroy them in favor of an orgy of bad decision-making. If you’re determined to make the most of your adult life, you’ll need energy. By maximizing your time, taking advantage of campus programs, eating well and sticking to a routine, I ensure that you will have the energy for whatever life throws your way.
1. Use Your Time. I often complain that I don’t have enough time to accomplish all the things I need to get done. But when I’m honest with myself, I find that I always have time to do the things that are important to me. Sure, school and homework needs to come first when you’re in college, plus any part-time jobs, but beyond that, I’m sure you have more spare time than you realize, too. Start to track your time. Try using EveryThink (I swear by this app). Do you spend hours wasting away in front of Facebook, Instagram, and the TV? Once you start taking notice of the 10 minutes here, 5 minutes there, you will see how much time could be spent on exercise instead. Why not take care of two things at once? Browse your phone while using the bikes or elliptical trainers at the college gym. Catch up on emails while walking on the treadmill. Put those smart phone features to use!
2. Take Advantage. Colleges and universities are well aware of the effects they have on the fitness of their students. As such, there are ample opportunities to get in shape or stay fit without leaving campus. A membership to a regular gym can cost as much as $50 a month, which most college budgets cannot handle. But the campus gym is included in the tuition that you are already paying for. Most even offer fitness classes to help you stay motivated or if you just want to try something new. If you live off campus and the gym isn’t convenient, why not invest in some at home workouts? Beachbody.com has a great selection. Some programs only require 10 minutes a day!
3. Eat Well. Ask any college student to explain their mysterious weight gain throughout the year, and they may say two words: meal plan. Sure, there are a bunch of healthy choices at the campus cafeteria. But there is also a lot of junk. The trick to eating well as a college student is to eat early and often, and opt for healthy, filling foods. Breakfast is an absolute must and should include something high in protein, like eggs. (Still unsure what the healthy options are in the dining hall? Huffington Post wrote a helpful article with some great tips on this topic.) I find that the hungrier I am, the more likely I am to go to the donuts and other unhealthy choices. For those days when you know you’ll be too busy to sit and eat a proper meal, stock up my raw almonds, granola bars and fruit – all easy to eat on the go.
4. Maintain a Routine. I can tell you that one of the smartest decisions I made as a college student was not to lose sleep for my classes. It gave me no choice but to be responsible with my time management. It also kept me healthy, because I kept up my diet and exercise routines. If you can rely on a good night’s sleep almost all the time, you are less likely to skip that morning workout. Fun fact: also known to help improve grades. If you’re not staying up late, you won’t be indulging in midnight snacking. I will also be the one to tell you: it’s much easier to stick to a routine when your roommates are also on a similar one. If you are an early bird trying to live a healthy lifestyle, and your roommates stay out until 4 AM, and live off pizza, you may want to rethink your living situation for next semester.
When you graduate from college, you want to come out on top. This means eating right and getting plenty of exercise. With a little planning, it won’t be hard to achieve.
Happy Friday lovelies!