How to Stay Fit this Semester

Danielle RennardCulture Editor

Being back at school can be extremely hectic with classes, extra curricular activities and, of course, hanging out and having good times with friends. Sometimes it may be hard to fit exercising into your busy schedule. Here are a few ways to get your exercise in each day and go about your busy life.
If you live off campus, consider walking or riding your bike to campus on certain days instead of driving or taking the bus. If you have early classes this will be a good way to start your day, get some fresh air and get some exercise. You’ll also be helping the environment, which is always a plus. If you live on campus you can take the longer route to class and sneak in a 30-minute workout during an otherwise busy day. Research has shown that walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, maintain body weight and enhance mental well being.
Take advantage of Chase and Alumni Gym. If you have breaks in between classes you could head to either gym to get a quick workout, instead of moseying around or grabbing a coffee like you normally would. You could even go with a friend so that you can still chat and catch up on the latest gossip. Also, going to class wearing your gym clothes is not only comfy, but will also motivate you to pop into the gym.
Join an intramural sports team instead of running laps at the track by yourself. In addition to getting a great workout, you can meet new people, have fun and learn a new sport.
You could always take a physical education class on campus. With options such as yoga, racquetball and hiking to name a few, there is bound to be something that sparks your interest. You’ll get credit for having fun and have a reason to be active each week.
Have some reading you need to get through for class? Set yourself up at a bike or elliptical at the gym, put in some headphones and get through your reading while also getting through your workout.
Set up days and times each week to do something active with some friends. Whether running on the outdoor track for a hour or playing a game of football, exercising with friends is a great way to get your workout in without it being boring or you counting down the seconds until you can go back to watching television on the couch.
Although it may seem like you don’t have the time or energy to be active each day, there is always a way to fit in exercising. Whether it be for 30 minutes a day or two hours, doing something is better than nothing. And be sure to encourage your friends to join in on the fun!

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