As a student your time is probably taken up by attending lectures, revisions classes, exams, extracurricular activities, social obligations and for some even a part time job.
Now this may seem like you have very little time to fit anything else in, and to be honest this is probably true. But what we have come up with is a short plan of workouts which you can do at home as exercise helps with concentration as well as keeping you healthy and more energised.
According to a survey, on average students put on two stone in their first year at university, a lot of which students tend to title ‘fresher’s flab’. A third of students claimed they drink alcohol at least 3 times a week with another two thirds stating they drunk more than 3 days a week.
This gain is largely due to convenience food, takeaways and fast food, which include ready meals and pre prepared sauces.
3 basic exercise things to remember
Now the reasons for eating unhealthy and drinking alcohol vary, from missing home, stress with coursework, to post drinking night out eating/snacking etc. But you can keep your weight steady with the three simple exercises which should be mandatory in your routine.
30minutes of cardio: cardio trains your body to use fat as fuel and also strengthens your heart, lungsand relieves stress. Do 30minutes 3-5 days per week.
Strength training: Helps you build lean muscle. Your metabolism slows down without muscle training, and you could lose up to half a pound a year of muscle if you don’t do any. Fit in a whole body work out (8-12 exercises) twice per week.
Stretching: Stretching is good for your muscles so your body feels less tight after exercising, it is also known as flexible training and will help improve your fitness level, and reduce risk for injury and joint problems later.
We want you to enjoy university life as well as remaining fit. If your prefer to join the gym, go to exercise classes, or swimming, your university will have more details which will point you in the right direction into finding more information in your local area.