Being Healthier and fitter is a great benefit

Back at university now after your Christmas break. Starting to get back into the routine of things but wondering how you can become healthier and fitter? Let us help you with some simple guides.

I’d like to say it’s simple but everyone knows if it is worth having it’s going to be hard work!! You have decided to improve your fitness, this can be due to weight gain or just because you have 100 flights of steps to climb daily and you are getting out of breath. No matter what the reason is it is a good thing to be healthy.

Healthier Clubs and groups

Joining local clubs and groups either run by the university or within the local community can be a great start. Many areas have local sports teams and the university runs their own also. Have a look at what is on offer, maybe try something new or develop an old passion. Being active will help you become healthier and fitter. 

Groups could be things like cheerleading, rugby, football, basketball, etc.


Making healthier choices in food

Looking at your diet can also help you improve your health. If you are eating takeaways most evenings you are more than likely eating more calories than you are meant to every day. 

Try cooking a meal that you can eat over a few evenings. A big spaghetti bolognese can be eaten over a few days. Cook it up on the weekend and put it in small lunch boxes. Additionally, shepherd’s pie, lasagne, chilli and stews are always meals that can be made in bulk. They are great winter warmers as well as cost-effective. You will also save money on all those takeaways which you can spend on a new wardrobe when you start to lose weight. 

Eating a good breakfast each day can also help with keeping you from hitting those vending machines on campus. Start your day with foods such as yogurts, bananas, porridge, and eggs. They are not only good for your health but also not too hefty on your bank balance.

Things to consider

Take a look at things you can do for FREE to keep fit. Google is a great tool to find things to do.

  1. Check out if you have any local Park runs in your area. This is a group that arrange 5K runs around the local park. Just sign up and join in and even better – this is FREE.
  2. Look in your local park for the free gym equipment, these are very handy if you can’t get to the gym.
  3. YouTube can provide workout videos for those rainy days. You can watch and follow along within the comforts of your own room.

Along with all the above, take full advantage of the free trials that workout apps offer you, just remember to cancel before it renews.

Here are some we have found:

Nike Training App This app features beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts ranging in time from 15 – 45 minutes. There are lots of free workouts and many features well-known athletes and celebrities.

Down Dog has yoga practices that flow like a real class. With the free version, you can access the beginning, intermediate, advanced, and restorative sequences. Classes vary from 15 to 90 minutes. Also

My Fitness Pal is great for logging your food and weight so you can actively see what your doing can work.

Finally, remember to be realistic.

Make sure you are working out around your studies and you are not burning out. You do not need to work out every day. Your workouts do not need to be the same length either, often shorter but more intense workouts can see the same results as hours in the gym. Make sure you do not over-expect yourself. Your mental health and studies are just as important so, make sure you have the balance.

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