Simply in Shape Tips for College Kids

College ExerciseFor most students, there simply isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done. Unfortunately, exercise seems to be one of the last things to make it on the “to do” list. After the long hours of class, homework, work, and parties, they are simply too exhausted to even think about exercising. And doesn’t all that running around count as exercise anyway? Well…sort of!

If you are a super busy college student and need some help warding off those extra pounds, here are a few easy ways to stay fit while you’re busy in school.

Healthy Snacks

One of the sneakiest pitfalls to a student’s health are those in-between class snacks. Rushing to the vending machine after class for a quick bite is really not the best thing for your health. This applies to at-home study snacks as well. When you go to the grocery store, stock up on some healthy snacks baby carrots, low-fat string cheese, whole-grain crackers, or low-fat popcorn. Keep away from salty chips, sugary drinks, and candy bars.

Schedule It In

Make exercise an important part of your daily routine. Although no outside pressures (like professors or bosses) are telling you that exercise is a priority, it is. Event planning education students should understand this concept well. If you make something a priority, it will be. So get up a bit early and go on a quick jog, or lift some weights at night before going to bed. Do whatever works for you.

Sports Classes

Many universities offer sports or exercise classes for credit. Take advantage of these! Make exercise an official part of your schedule. This will give you a chance to exercise on a regular basis, build new skills, meet new friends, and enjoy a break from your heavily-academic day.


Another great opportunity available to college students is intramural sports. These are like club sports, organized through the school, but for the purpose of having fun. Students will be able to feel the responsibility and comradely of teamwork without the pressure to excel professionally like other student-athletes.


If you don’t have time to set apart for organized sports or even a workout session of your own, take advantage of your natural resources. You have to get to and from campus, the grocery store, parties, and so on. Instead of driving or taking the bus, walk or ride your bike whenever possible. This principle also applies to on-campus activities. Undoubtedly, you’ll be faced with the choice of the elevator or stairs. Always take the stairs!


Water is extremely important to your health. It keeps you hydrated which means better health, a better immune system, and better concentration. Sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic drinks may give you an energy spike for a short period of time, but they are very bad for your health and make the resulting crash worse than you started out.

Staying fit is doable, no matter how busy you are. In fact, if you are in good shape, your academic work will also benefit. It’s a proven fact. Try it out yourself!

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