Staying Fit in College - Honestly Hannah

Staying Fit in College

Hello lovies! As per request, today's post will be about how I have been staying in shape in college. With all the craziness that comes along with college, it can be really hard to stay healthy. Most of all, it can be difficult to find time to be healthy. When you have 3 paper to write, 2 exams to study for, and 4 chapters to read in one night, grabbing some Easy Mac and settling in for a night of studying might seem like the best option. While this is okay every once and a while, it is important to try to get on a healthy schedule. When it comes to going to the gym, sometimes there simply isn't enough time in a day. So, I have compiled a few tips that will hopefully help you with your fitness journey in college!

Try to come up with a schedule.
The thing that has helped me with staying in shape the most is probably developing a schedule. I have found times during the day that I can actually go to the gym for an hour or so, and days that I don't think I have time for the gym, I find maybe a quick half hour to do a workout I found on Pinterest or on the Nike Training App. For example, on Tuesday's and Thursday's, I don't have class until 12:30. On these days, I always go to the gym in the morning to get my workout done before my day even begins. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I begin classes at 11. Lately, I have been going to the gym around 2 PM once I finish with my classes. I'm hoping to make myself start waking up earlier on these days to maybe even squeeze the gym in before class at 11.

Don't hate yourself when the schedule fails. 
Although a fitness schedule is extremely helpful, there are days that your schedule may not work out. Things come up. You might suddenly realize you have an assignment due for your first class and can't hit the gym in the morning, or you end up having to meet with a group in the afternoon when you planned on going to the gym. It is okay to let these things happen and it is important to not beat yourself up for having to miss a workout. As long as you are staying on track for the most part, skipping one workout is not going to kill you.

Choose wisely in the dining halls. 
The endless options in the dining hall can be a bit overwhelming, especially when there are fries, mozzarella sticks, pancakes, waffles, Lucky Charms, cheeseburgers, all calling your name. College dining halls do not always have the healthiest options, so I have developed a system to try to navigate the dining halls in a healthy way. I always have a salad with dinner, and I load it up with all the vegetables that are available. I do not opt for the creamy dressings at the salad bar, but instead I typically opt for Olive Oil and maybe some balsamic vinegar. It's important to always have some kind of protein with each meal, so if there's chicken available that is always a good option. If not, you can usually find hard boiled eggs or some cottage cheese to top off your salad for a good source of protein.

Oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal.
Oatmeal has become my best friend in the mornings (other than coffee). I never really go to the dining hall for breakfast, so I always keep oatmeal in my room and just add water and throw it in the microwave in the morning. It is easy, quick, and super healthy at the same time. Because of all the whole grains and fiber, oatmeal will keep you full longer and you won't be as likely to snack on unhealthy snacks throughout the rest of the day.

Water is SO important. As college students, we do a ton of walking around campus to our classes. Even when we don't have time to hit the gym, all that walking will definitely burn some calories. I'm lucky that I love water, so it isn't difficult for me to sip on it throughout the day. If you don't like water, I would suggest that you drink tea, which will help you stay hydrated. It is also a good idea to have a big glass of water with each meal. If you have to force yourself to drink it, then do it. Tell yourself that if you drink a big glass when you wake up, and then with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can have something for dessert after dinner!

I hope these tips were helpful for you guys!
Thanks for reading,
xx Hannah

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