Part 2: Staying Active in College

Have you ever typed up something on PC and then your computer crashed and you lost it because you were an idiot to not save it?

Yeah well…this is my first time and the reason this blog is a little overdue.

blech.



A week or so ago, we had a chatski about eating well in college.  Today we can have a chatski about being active in college.

For many of my blogging bffs about to go off to school, you are being a recruited for a sport.  While I was never recruited, I can tell you during season you will have no problems being active.  At all.  If your butt doesn’t make it to practice…you’ll be in a bit of trouble and thus have to make up practices (so you never really catch a break).

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But what about during off season? Or what if you aren’t on a team?



I don’t know a single college without a gym.  If you do, please let me know, I’m interested.  Most college gyms have a plethora of different machines weather you are into cardio or lifting or both.  Take the first few days before classes – to explore the gym.  Play around on machines, see what you like or what you don’t.  Not every one likes the same machines, so you should feel out what you like at your gym.  I hate recommended cardio machines for people because it’s all on general taste. 

You don’t have to go everyday, or even stay for an hour.  You just want to an outlet to be active and relive some of your stress from classes or um…housemates.

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But what if you just hate the gym? 



My housemates hate the gym.  They do not like going at all, it bores them, it’s stinky ect.  They do stay active though going to different classes and really going out that way.  Along with a gym, most colleges have anywhere from tennis courts, an ice rink, workout classes and most even have a pool.  I’m not saying you should try (or learn) to swim laps, I’m just saying it’s a great stress buster and I always have the most satisfying workouts via swimming.

Freshman year I was an ice-skating champ!

Amen Nicole.  If I’m throwing money into classes-my butt is over there.  That is BCBG clothing I could be spending it on. 

You don’t even have to go near your athletic complex, rent DVDs from your library of Julian or other videos.  Those can be done at home and as early or as late as you like.

Sign up for intramurals!  There is nothing like being active with 10 of your closest BFFS and not really evening knowing you are getting exercise in. 
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But what about making time between classes, studying, social life, and your other jives?

I took a lot of crap for this one actually.

And I mean a lot of criticism first semester for being on the cross country and swim team.  A lot of people would snidely ask me how I had time to balance sports and that it was a good thing I wasn’t taking hard classes, and if my studies were suffering, oh yes and the everymore HTF I blogged on top of all of that.  Incase you wondered, I got a 3.6 first semester, so my studies were not suffering and I was not bumming around in easy classes either.  Math major is a little bit hard to have an “easy load”… There is always room to fit exercise in somewhere, you just may have to give up a little facebook stalking (or blog stalking).

Anywho-Let’s just say there was a lot more negativity then positivity. 


Making time for the gym is all about your priorities.  You don’t have to go everyday but you do have to prioritize.  I make a master schedule of my week.

My biggest advice is to plan the week on Sunday.  Plan the days you are going to the gym.  Plan everything.  Plan what you want to get done each day (such as projects/homework/papers/equations), plan outside of the school things (laundry/going to the groceries ect) and when you’ll need to do that, but also plan when you are going to the gym.  If you plan it, you are so much more likely to actually get there.  Seriously getting to the gym or wherever you are working out, is half the battle.

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More from the Tweeting Besties:

I couldn’t agree more with Becca and Lauren.  I literally walk between 5-8 miles around campus on the weekdays. 


 Most gym fees are included in your tuition which means you aren’t paying a billion dollars per month.




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In short:
Take 5 minutes each week to plan out your week.  Set priorities.
And you don’t have to rely on boring cardio machines all the time, workout with friends, do other things outside of stinky gyms.  You’ll love it that way.

So be active and have fun in school. 4 years is an awfully short time.