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How To Keep Fit While You Study

AD | When you’re at university it can be easy to eat takeaways, frozen pizzas and processed treats, but this can have a negative affect on your well-being. It’s also easy to let your fitness regime go and resort simply to walking to and from campus, but there are many great ways to keep yourself fit and healthy even while you’re busy studying.

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Watch What You Eat

Diet can be a big struggle for students, so one of the best ways to reduce your calorie intake and live a little healthier is to cook your own meals. This will ensure that you know exactly what’s in your food and you can moderate the amount of unhealthy ingredients you include. It can be hard to find the inspiration and time to shop for the produce needed to craft tasty, healthy meals, so use a food subscription box designed for students to help you to enjoy tasty, healthy meals.

Snacking is another pitfall for many students, as it can be easy to mindlessly shovel crisps or biscuits into your mouth while you’re pouring over your books or chilling out with your friends. Use a snack box service to enjoy tasty, fresh yet healthy snacks that are delivered to you regularly so that you don’t even need to go near the snack aisle next time you go shopping!

Make Working Out Fun

Doing exercise can easily feel like a chore, particularly if you’re having to shoehorn it into your busy study schedule and hectic social life. To avoid feeling obliged to workout, and instead enjoy it, try joining a club or taking an exercise class so that you can meet like-minded fitness fans who will give you motivation and push you to achieve your fitness goals.

If you’re studying abroad then it can be tempting to indulge in all the local delicacies and spend your days lazing about in the sunshine, so to help you stay on top of your workout routine find accommodation like the Collegiate building in Lisbon. This state-of-the-art property boasts a private fitness suite and a swimming pool so that you’ll have everything you need to keep fit right there in your building.

Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

Drinking is a staple of any university experience, but alcohol is high in calories and sugar, as well as being bad for your internal organs. Try to cut down the amount of alcoholic drinks you consume by enjoying alcohol-free alternatives on your next night out, so that you can still feel like you’re enjoying the university experience without having to drink heavily.

Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink will not only improve your weight and general health, but also save you money and leave you looking and feeling much better. Heavy alcohol consumption can affect your nails, skin and hair, and bring on early aging, so there’s no reason not to try and cut down!

Drink More Water

Dehydration can lead to compulsive snacking, increased fatigue and general ill-health, so make sure that you drink as much water as possible. The NHS recommends around 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day to ensure optimum health. If you dislike drinking plain water, try drinking tea or even weak squash so that you can stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

7 Comments

  1. Oh can I share my top tip? Pick a subject where your books are on the top floor of the library – then you have to walk/jog up four flights of stairs to study, and if you want a cigarette before the 20 minute screen break logs you off the computer you were using then you definitely have to jog up and down the stairs to be quick enough!
    (Smoking is bad and unhealthy though kids! 10/10 do not recommend starting just for the added exercise)

  2. Great post. Wish this was around while I was in school

  3. Super useful info! Thank you!!

  4. I definitely think that going to a university that is a large campus is great because it ensures that you’re really upping your step count. I’ve walked three miles total, in one day, just going from building to building. Finding what you love to do in terms of fitness is gold. As soon as you hit that, you’re set. For me, that’s running, weight lifting, and walking! I can’t stress just how much that’s helped me keep relatively fit x

  5. I remember when I first started at university, everyone warned me left, right and center about the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen.” Instead of gaining weight, I was too stressed out to eat and ended up losing!

    So all these tips are great to keep in mind if you simply want to maintain your weight and stay healthy!

  6. Ella Jones says:

    This was really useful! I’ve been meaning to include going to the gym in my uni schedule, but its hard when I’ve signed up for so many societies and clubs – great post though 🙂

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  7. I get really fidgety when I’m sitting in a chair studying for several hours at a time. Instrumental music helps unless my tinnitus is bad that day.

    I completely agree about eating healthy while studying. It’s hard to do since our bodies crave junk food during times of stress. Usually, I cave and eat donuts, chips etc. Subscription boxes are too expensive for me (broke student here) so I make my own snacks, such as protein (gelatin) gummies and high-fiber brownies. Cooking is time consuming though, but at the same time it can be therapeutic.

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