Easy Ways to Get in Shape as a College Student

By Ashley Tripp, Student at the University of Alabama

College is a time of growth, both mentally and physically. Your attitudes, morals, maturity and even your body undergo change.

However, a change in your body does not necessarily mean you have fallen into the "Freshman 15" trap. Instead, your body naturally grows and develops into a young adult, hips included. During this change, your body will appreciate you if you take the time to exercise daily and eat healthy.

Here is my advice on some easy lifestyle changes that can help put you on the road to fitness during your college years!

Step Away From the Computer

We can’t waste our days away on the Internet. As tempting as it may seem to Facebook stalk your crush’s latest pictures from the football game, it is simply unproductive. One of the easiest ways to get in shape during college is to walk away from the computer, head out the door and into the gym. Who knows, you may discover another campus crush at your gym!

Eat Healthier

Two words: Freshman 15. Yes, in a college town filled with fast food and late night Krispy Kreme doughnuts, it could happen to you. In order to avoid the oh-so-dreaded Freshman 15, watch what kinds of foods you eat and your portion sizes. One of the best ways to get in shape during college besides exercising is eating healthy. Skip the fries for a salad and see how much better you feel!

Find Your Motivation

Motivation is key to getting in shape during college. There will be many obstacles that you will face such as exams, socials, meetings, etc. Without motivation, it is easy to make excuses to avoid the gym. If you knew you would have been the first to die in the "Hunger Games," would that motivate you to pump up the cardio? Find whatever it is that motivates you and find a way to remind yourself of those reasons on a daily basis.

Stay Positive

There’s nothing better than to have a positive attitude when getting in shape. If all you do is complain about how out of shape you are or how you never make it to the gym, you are only hurting yourself more. Compliment yourself for working out … you deserve it!

Try Something New

Are you tired of the stationary elliptical workouts or on the treadmill for cardio? Take a friend with you and try out a class at your college’s recreation center. Many gyms offer classes such as spin cycle, kickboxing, Zumba, weightlifting, dance, step, yoga and Pilates. These classes are a great way to add variety to your workout and can burn the same amount of calories (if not more) that you would on a treadmill. Plus, it’s more fun!

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