The weight loss formula is a simple one: create a calorie deficit. This means you need to eat less and move more. In college, eating less junk food and moving more can be difficult when so much of your day is spent either in classes or studying in the library. But even when your schedule is packed, there are ways to work in exercise!
Here are seven simple ways to get you moving in college:
1. Join a Club.
I’m in ballroom dancing club, which is a guaranteed five hours of exercise three days a week on top of all of the rest of the exercise I’m doing here at college!
Joining a club means that you’ll feel more committed to your weight loss and exercise goals. People expect you to show up! Intramural sports are also a great way to get moving, and I highly recommend you try Quidditch. (Yes. This is a real club/sport/thing here at college!)
My boyfriend’s in marathon club, and from what I hear it’s pretty intense but great motivation to get to each workout.
My roommate is addicted to joining clubs, and right now she’s on an intramural soccer team, in climbing club, a parkour club, and an outdoorsy club that goes hiking and whatnot. She also wakes up every morning to go swimming at 7am. She is pretty much one of the most active people I know!
2. Learn How to Longboard/Skateboard.
I remember learning how to longboard the first day of college. I had no idea what I was doing, and I could barely steer my board! This guy came up to me and said, “don’t worry. In a week you’ll be a pro.” And he was right! I mastered longboarding pretty quickly, and I have to say I love it.
You burn more calories longboarding than riding a bike, and longboarders definitely look more badass than bicyclists 😉
3. Take the Stairs.
I have to walk up and down several flights of stairs every day to get to the dining hall, to get my mail, or to go to classes. All of those stairs add up! And if you’re forgoing the elevetor every time, you’re guaranteed to burn more calories on top of the rest of the work you’re already doing.
4. Go Dancing.
Now, my version of dancing the night away happens to be waltzing on a dance floor, but I know most college students lean towards attending red cup affairs where there are other kinds of dancing. Well you know what? Dance away! Dancing — no matter what style — is great exercise, and lots of fun!
5. Find Fitness Events Near You.
Often time campuses organize fun runs and 5ks along with other fitness events.
6. Become a Tour Guide.
A few of my friends work as tour guides, and they love it! They walk around campus with big groups of people all day, and they get paid for it!
7. Work Out Before Classes.
Like I said before, my roommate gets up at 7am to go swimming every morning. I get up and go running before classes. Getting in some heart-pumping activity before your day starts helps to keep you energized!
Good luck, fit students! Study on!