Having experienced post-secondary first hand in a condensed program myself, I understand the challenges that many students may face. So what are you supposed to do? Let’s turn that mindset from “I want to,” to “I am.” And no, thinking about working out during your professors boring lecture doesn’t count. So what can you do? In this blog post I’ve highlighted 5 healthy back to school tips in which I recommend for staying fit at school and on a busy schedule.
Healthy Back to School Tips:
Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch
Eating a healthy breakfast is essential for allowing your body to function throughout the day. It provides the energy and nutrients which help to increase your ability to concentrate in the classroom. Many studies have shown that eating breakfast is a vital part in maintaining a healthy body weight. If you’re in a rush, check out some fruit smoothie recipes on Pinterest. They’re quick, easy to prepare and delicious. You can always bring it on the go in a shaker bottle for those times you realize “wait…class is in five minutes!?” Hopefully the smoothie pays off as you run like the wind across campus.
Preparing a healthy meal for lunch is important in avoiding the food temptations at the school store or at local restaurants. Ditch that three-hour old pizza and enjoy a home cooked meal prepared by you. If you live on campus and can’t necessarily prepare meals for yourself, understand portion control and limit yourself to the products you choose to eat. By preparing your lunch beforehand, whether a day or a week, you can focus more time on that major project that’s due just around the corner. The average household spends almost $1500 on fast food a year according to the most recent Statistics Canada findings. As a student, money always seems to be “non-existent.” So who couldn’t use an extra thousand dollars these days?
Monitor long periods of sitting
Today, we have adapted our lives to rely on technology for many aspects of our lives including academics. Studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time can have a negative impact on your overall health including an increase of risk in many diseases. As explained in an article in Canadian Living, when sitting for long periods your “metabolism of fat and glucose becomes sluggish.” This can lead to weight gain and another thing to stress about!
So how can you improve your health without sacrificing modern day technology? Use it in moderation and do simple and small workouts along the way. Getting a stand up desk, taking frequent walks, stretching or working out your wrists can make an impact. You can work out your wrists with our Neoprene Dumbbells. This product can be used in a variety of ways and can be used for other parts of your body. Best of all, they’re small and have the ability to be tucked away in crammed spaces.
Everyone knows that one person who is always moving in their seat, it might even be you. Some may find it annoying, but did you know it can help boost metabolism and burn calories? This is a simple and cost-free method that can benefit you without even thinking about it!
Understand time management
Time management doesn’t simply mean “do more work,” but rather to focus on the important tasks and accomplish them. Priority is key when determining your lifestyle. Healthy choices should be a main concern throughout the day when eating and conducting your daily routine. As explained by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, the President of the Productivity Institute, “90% of the people who sign up at health and fitness clubs today will stop going in the next 90 days” stated in his Time Management and Improved Health report. This could be because even though they are starting up with all good intentions, they are only committed during the first few weeks. During this time, they attend regularly until something comes along keeping them from going and they eventually abandon the ro
By staying focused on what is most important to you and by adjusting your daily routine for healthier choices, you’ll feel like a better you. At Fitness Town, we strive to help those to make their fitness and health goals into accomplishments!
Bring the gym home
When living in small spaces, having large equipment isn’t always practical. Purchasing compact home gyms are affordable and popular for the fitness enthusiast on the go. You can pick up a variety of materials such as the Travel Roller Acupressure Kit, TRX Home Suspension Training Kit or the Fitness Starter Kit. For more information on similar products visit the Fitness Town website.
Lastly, having a home gym is cost effective. With today’s technology, machines can last upwards of 10 years. For example, over a 10 year period, the Life Fitness Lifecycle GX spin bike would roughly cost $15 a month. Many gyms charge upwards of $40.00 a month in memberships. Purchasing a continuous $40/month membership would cost $4800 over 10 years. That is a considerable amount of money out of your pocket every month that could go towards student loans. For a better value, you could own equipment for years to come and have the ability to use it at your convenience.
Long-time stress can affect your health in the long run. There are other methods to removing stress in your lifestyle. Allowing yourself to get a good night’s sleep is very important for your body’s daily functionality. Sleeping allows the brain to rest and recuperate for the following morning. You may also want to consider going for daily morning jogs around campus before class begins.
A sometimes overlooked vital part of health is staying hydrated. Ensuring you drink a substantial amount of water each day increases your body’s function and removes any impurities. Simply fill a water bottle and keep it in your school bag for convenience. You can infuse your beverage with real fruit including lemon, strawberries and more to add flavour. Check out some simple and refreshing flavoured water recipes on Pinterest that will you’ll love! Refrain from unhealthy soft drinks especially those that contain large amounts of sugar or aspartame.
You may feel like these suggestions are a bit of a stretch for you and that there is just no time. Yet, you have found a moment to read through my blog. So, still feel like you have no time? Get up, get out and get going! Remember the most important thing to do is…