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Keeping an Exercise Routine in College

By Debra Rodzinak

With a hectic schedule of classes, work, and studying, a college student can find it difficult to work exercise into their busy day.  However, staying active keeps the extra pounds from creeping on over the freshman year.  Some innovative ways to stay active can be used to say on the fitness track.

Stretching

Before and after exercising, perform some simple stretches to avoid injury.  Stretching is also a wonderful way to get the blood flowing to the muscles and relieve joint pain.

Ride a Bicycle

Purchase a bike and ride it instead of taking the bus or riding in a car.  Not only will this allow for a few minutes of exercise between classes, but it may also cut down on the negative effects of vehicle exhaust on the environment.

Play Sports

Joining a team or playing just for fun is a great way to get motivated to exercise.  Playing sports for fun is also a great way to meet people who share similar interests.

Safety Equipment

Wear the proper equipment when playing a sport to protect the body from injury.  When injured, it is unlikely that a person will remain active.

Gym

Many colleges allow students to use their gym facilities for free.  Find time during the day or first thing in the morning to get in a workout.  Try different or new exercises that only a state of the art facility can provide. 

Fitness Courses

Many college gym facilities offer fitness classes.  Often, tuition costs include gym fees, so take advantage of any and all free courses offered.

Walk

Walking allows a student to stretch the legs and burn calories during classes.  Also, many restaurants or shopping centers are close to colleges, so walk to your favorite store.

Change Up the Workout

Performing the same type of exercises can become boring and ineffective over time.  Switch between strength training, stretching, and cardio to keep a workout well rounded.

Have Fun

A workout won’t last long if it is dreaded or boring.  Find ways to have fun to keep up a workout.

Friends

Having an accountability partner ensures that there is motivation to work out.  Working out with a friend makes workouts more fun.

Wide Open Spaces

Many colleges have large “green” areas filled with grass or trails.  Take advantage of these beautiful areas with a hike, a game of Ultimate Frisbee, or a simple walk. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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