I’ve lost ten pounds since coming to college. For me, the Freshman 10 turned out to be the Freshman -10!
But it didn’t just happen that way. I had to stay hydrated, work out at least three times a week, and keep healthy snacks available in my dorm — all on a student’s budget.
Going into this semester, I’m making a list of things that will help you lose weight, stay healthy, and lead a more fit life while in college!
Remember, these are just tools to help you reach your goals. They’re what helped me, and that’s why I’m recommending them! These things are here to help supplement your brand new fit lifestyle. Hard work and dedication always comes first!
Here’s the list:
1. Britta Filter
Staying hydrated is important in college, especially when you’re always running around to classes, working out, and don’t have access to tasty drinking water 24/7 because the dining hall closes and you don’t want to buy cases of plastic water bottles that hurt the environment.
Everybody in my dorm has one of these, and I couldn’t understand the fuss. I finally caved and got one of these during second semester of college — and boy do I wish I would have gotten it sooner!
Get this great-tasting Britta filter for ten bucks on Amazon. The slim one I use fits in my minifridge shelf perfectly. This is going with me to my first apartment, for sure!
2. Tea Set
Having a good tea set is fantastic. It’s so great to get out of the cold weather, go to my dorm and make some tea and kick back with my friends while drinking some piping hot green or cranberry flavored tea.
I have yet to find the perfect tea set to suggest to you guys. For the time being, it’s a BYOM (bring your own mug) party at my dorm until I do.
However, if you like your tea served cold (which is how I like my revenge) then you’ll love these beautiful glasses:
These beauties just came in the mail today, and they are gorgeous. I can use less ice cubes because they’re insulated glasses, and when you pour tea in them they look great in all these beautiful shapes. It’s $34 for four of them on Amazon — and less than t$10 a glass isn’t bad when I know I’ll be taking these with me to my first apartment and beyond.
I’m obsessed with taking out these glasses whenever I can because they look so sleek and futuristic. I’m also experimenting with a new concoction. I call it Britta filtered water + delicious ice cubes made from slices of fruit and different kinds of juice.
The result is classy. So classy.
3. Yoga Mat
If you’re like me, you probably have a really hard floor in your dorm. That’s why getting a yoga mat is so important.
I got mine from Forever 21, and I do wish it was a little bit more padded, but it does pretty well for me! I would suggest buying yours in a store if you can, because then you can get an extra squishy kind.
4. 30 Day Shred
I can rave about this program night and day. It’s a staple in my college fitness routine! My dorm is a little bigger than the others due to where it’s placed on the floor (score!) so I can easily move things around and get enough room to do this.
Why is this perfect for all of you college students who are trying to lose a little weight and stave off the freshman 15? Well, it provides a structured fitness plan that requires very little (if any!) equipment. And the workouts are about 20 minutes long, which makes it schedule-friendly.
So with a little money and a lot of motivation, you can get in shape using this DVD alone. I’ve lost 10 pounds since I got to college, and this is one of the reasons why!
In short? BECOME A SHREDDER!!
5. Hand weights.
I’ve already given you guys the “resistance training speeds up your metabolism and helps you lose weight faster than cardio alone!” spiel many times before on this blog.
However, some of you guys have said that you have trouble working weight/resistance training into you workout. So why not keep a pair of weights in your dorm?
Most women I know use weights between 5-10lbs. I use my 8lbs if I’m doing intense circuit training like the 30 Day Shred because it involves so much cardio and lots of intervals, and I get tired easily. I use 12lbs when I’m just doing straight lifting, and soon I’ll graduate to the 15lbs!
Pick a weight size that’s challenging but not too challenging. This isn’t something you can online shop for unless you know exactly what weight you want.
If you’re new to this whole fitness gig, I wouldn’t get anything lighter than a 5lb weight. If you get something too light, it won’t do anything for you. Lift heavy to get those lean muscles and that speedy metabolism!
That’s all for today. Stay tuned for more “Fit Student” blog posts!