Your Student Guide to Keeping Fit at University

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It might be the last thing on your mind. You’ve earned your new sense of freedom. Take-away tonight? Go for it. Pot noodle for breakfast? Always. Fruit? What’s that? You’re in control.

But with this new freedom, comes responsibility. Of course you can indulge for now, but soon you’ll be longing for that homemade vegetable casserole you used to despise.

Here’s some quick tips on how to keep fit and healthy during your university time.

Abs Are Made In The Supermarket

Your first shopping list is essential for your early freshers survival months. Sure, you’ve made an ACTUAL list. You’re organised. But once you’re in there, it’s hard to keep focus.

Think about the foundation foods first. Bread, rice, pasta. These will save you in your darkest, skintest times. And yes: pasta and butter together is a healthy, nutritious and satisfying meal…

Shopping for communal items is a good way to stay stocked-up. Things like toilet roll and cleaning products are needed, no matter what that one housemate who hasn’t found the shower yet says.

Now What?

Well. Now you put that pen and paper to plate. Your shopping list was a concept, now you actually have to do something with it.

Bulk cooking meals and either freezing them or sharing them in a rotation is a fresher-fool-proof piece of advice passed down from generations.

But what if you can’t cook? There’s no better time to learn. Even simply scrolling through those addicting one-minute Facebook cooking videos can provide enough knowledge to throw together any take-away topping feast.

Keeping Active

Amongst the late nights, vodka headaches and supernoodle sandwiches is some free time for you to move away from Netflix and get your heart rate going.

You don’t need a gym, but if you’re one of those people who do NEED a gym, have a trial at your university’s before sampling some of the all-night budget chains in the area.

You can also join a society. No matter what level you’re at, your university sports society has something for everyone. Exercise and have fun? Not forgetting the society get-togethers that go on. It can be a great way to keep your body and mind in top shape.

Your first few weeks (or months) are a whirlwind. It can be hard to keep your health as a priority, but you’ll thank yourself for doing so. Hopefully this guide will help you along the way to keeping fit at university.