It’s tricky to find a balance between having fun and keeping fit during your years as a student. Now we have all heard of the term “freshers 15”. So perhaps you are looking for some tips on how to battle the bulge, or maybe you are just looking for ways to improve your wellbeing. Luckily for you, we have compiled a list of 10 tips for staying healthy at uni…
And by this we mean water, not jaeger bombs. Studies have shown that a 2-3 litre intake of water per day increases brain function, aids weight loss and helps keep skin clear. Replenishing fluids after a night out is also the best way to kick a hangover.
Join a cheap gym
When it comes to joining a gym at uni, it’s really a no brainer. There are heaps of student deals and with lots of free time during the week, 2-3 sessions per week is an attainable goal. Taking regular exercise battles bulge, boosts serotonin and reduces guilt when an inevitable trip to Nandos arises.
We all know how tempting it can be to just grab a double cheeseburger on the go, but preparing your meals in advance can ensure that you stay on track with getting in vital nutrients for the day, keeping you fuller for longer and keeping your calories in check as well as saving money!
Dominos, chinese, indian, kebabs… the list of temptations are endless. However did you know that the average takeaway contains in excess of 1000 calories! Try limiting takeaways to one a month. This way you can savour the taste of your favourite fried chicken, while maintaining a healthier diet.
Alcohol is an inevitable part of student life, so why not switch up your high calorie cocktails for a vodka lime & soda. With 64 calories per drink, you can afford to splurge a little more! Also why not try an alcohol free night every once in a while, it’ll save on the pennies, waistline and laughing at the state of your friends can be surprisingly fun!
It’s always easier to stay motivated when you are keeping fit with a friend! Find someone who is interested in staying active too. This will help to ensure that you make it to those early morning classes and avoid those sugary supermarket treats. Why not share a cheat meal/snack at the end of each week to reward yourselves and to have something to work towards.
Get your steps up
Uni can involve A LOT of sitting. From the lecture hall to the bus, library and then sofa after a long day. Leaving a few minutes early and walking to lectures or going for a walk in between study sessions can dramatically improve your energy. It will also affect your ability to concentrate and will burn a few extra calories. Calories that will probably be consumed in liquid form that night!
At every University there are countless opportunities to get active. Through group sports, dance classes, cheerleading clubs, the list goes on… At the start of each academic year why not challenge yourself to try one new class, or join a group, helping to get fit but in a fun way! Perhaps plate spinning floats your boat, or preparing for a zombie apocalypse – there’s a society to suit all interests!
Boost your immune system
Sickness bugs and illness can often spread through a university campus like wildfire. Make sure you are taking the right steps to avoid catching the germs! Try eating plenty of colourful fruit and vegetables, as they provide a good source of vitamins, which can help to boost immunity. Looking into and taking a multivitamin is an easier way to top up your intake! Drinking water, exercising regularly and a sensible sleeping pattern are also factors to take into consideration…
It’s important to get a good amount of sleep each night, however there is definitely such a thing as too much sleep. Students can often fall into the habit of oversleeping, due to the amount of free time they have in the week. However try to stick to a sensible sleeping pattern to avoid feeling lethargic, groggy and out of sync. Typically, 8-10 hours suits the average person, so aim for establishing a routine that allows for this!