Even when you understand the importance of exercise, it can still be difficult to find time.
Thankfully, however, even busy college students can fit exercise into their daily schedule.
Today, we will explore eight ways to exercise in college.
1. Walk/Bike to Class
If you live on or near your campus, you can use your feet or your bicycle as your primary means of transportation. Not only will this save you money by avoiding the many expenses surrounding driving, but it will also help you keep in shape.
If you do decide to bicycle, make sure you invest in a strong lock that will keep your bike safe while you are in class.
2. Park Farther Away
If you do drive a car, you can still exercise by changing your parking pattern. Rather than parking as close as possible to your destination, get in the habit of parking farther away and walking more.
Although walking may take a little longer, you will save time since you will not have to wait as long for a parking spot.
3. Take The Stairs
Rather than taking the elevator in a building, you can get some exercise by climbing the stairs.
This is one of the ways that my father gets exercise. Because he works on the fourth story of an office building, climbing the stairs everyday can be a good start to a workout.
4. Use The Gym
Many colleges have on-campus gyms.
If your college has a free gym, use it! The equipment there will enable you to complete a variety of exercises that would be otherwise impossible.
If your college gym has an extra charge, consider the pros and cons. While the membership may be worth paying for, you could also save money by getting all your exercise outside of a gym like people have for most of history.
5. Take Exercise Classes
Some colleges offer exercise classes. If you have the time and money, these classes can be an excellent way to learn more about the best ways to exercise and get in shape.
The best part of these classes is the fact that they actually give you college credit for something you need to do anyway!
In addition, students in exercise classes may have free access to the college gym during the class duration. On the other hand, gym membership may be an extra cost that you have to pay for like textbooks in normal classes.
6. Join a Team
If you have any inclination to sports whatsoever, join a sports team!
Even if you are not good enough to join the official college team (most people arent), you can almost certainly join an unofficial team organized by the student body.
This will force you to keep in shape, and the experience of working on a team will help you after college.
7. Use Old-fashioned Exercises
When listing ways to exercise in college, we must not forget the old-fashioned exercises: push-ups, curls (or sit-ups), pull-ups, etc.
Many of these exercises can be done in your dorm room, and none of them need a gym.
In addition, because little prep time is required, you can complete these exercises during a short study break or in-between classes.
8. Find Ways To Move Around
The key to staying in shape in as little time as possible is multitasking.
As you go about your normal tasks, find as many ways as possible to include exercise. Taking the stairs, parking far away, and riding a bicycle are only a few ideas. Watch carefully throughout your day, and you will most likely find many more.
Important Note: As always, use this information at your own risk and contact a licensed physician before making any changes related to your health. My health disclaimer applies to this post.
How do (or did) you exercise in college?