5 Ways to Stay Healthy and Fit in College

Many individuals consider the college experience to be quite exciting, with organizations to join, parties to attend, events to host, and of course classes to take.  Obviously, the primary reason for attending college is to further one’s education in order to establish the foundation for a great career and life.  However, one can get so caught up in the experience that they put their physical health and wellness aside.  Needless to say, this can cause one trouble later.  Unless, that is, one figures out how to stay healthy and fit while in college.

How to Stay Healthy and Fit in College

Just as one can be completely lazy about about their health and fitness, one can also be too rigid.  Following are five ways to stay healthy and fit, without going to extremes:

1. Try to make good choices–not perfect choices.  It’s true that some individuals are willing to exercise all the time and eat only nutritious foods, but you don’t have to make perfect choices all the time in order to be healthy or fit.  It’s okay if you occasionally skip a workout or indulge in dessert, as long as you make good choices as often as possible.

2. Buy a mini-fridge and keep it well-stocked with healthy snacks.  Having healthy snacks to hand can help ensure that you don’t “cheat” whenever you’re a little hungry.  Chopped carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower, hummus, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, natural peanut butter or almond butter and even some small portions of oats are wonderfully healthy and delicious.

3. Participate in campus fitness center programs.  Even if you have easy access to a fitness center, it can be difficult to commit to a fitness schedule.  However, if you try out new programs and classes, you not only get to meet new people but you also get to benefit from support and encouragement.

4. Eat lots of fruit.  In many cases, college campus dining halls have a bin of fresh fruits that you can take with you.  Having a healthy option with you can make sure that you are focused and energized throughout the entire day.

5. Find workout inspiration on YouTube.  It can sometimes be hard to understand what workouts are best for you, and how to use the workout equipment available to you.  YouTube videos can inspire you to undertake the proper workouts for your needs, and learn how to use the workout equipment you have available to you.

Erica D'Arcangelo is an Internet Marketing Expert and co-owner of Fresh, Healthy & Fit where she is a regular contributor. Erica has been active in the health and fitness industry through spinning, yoga, HITT training and much more over the last decade. She's a fitness enthusiast and has also helped others with healthy living through her own blog.