When you start university, your usual routines can quickly go out of the window, including doing regular exercise. If you are more likely to order from JustEat than turn the cooker on, or you are getting into the social side of Uni life with numerous alcohol-fuelled nights out, then balancing out the debauchery with some exercise is a good idea.
Even if your diet and alcohol consumption hasn’t changed too much, it is still really important to try and keep fit whilst at Uni. Here are some of the reasons why:
1. It’s good for your mental health
Starting Uni can be a stressful time for some people, with all of their regular life and routine turned upside down. Doing regular exercise is mood-boosting and will help you to stay as happy as possible as you adjust to your new life. If you feel a bit anxious about exams or assignment deadlines, doing some exercise can help blow off some steam and make you feel better.
2. Helps your productivity
The more productive you are with your study time, the more time you will have free to do other things. Exercising regularly can help to keep you motivated and focused during your study time.
3. Make friends whilst exercising
Joining a gym or a sports team will not only help you to keep fit, but it is also a good way to meet new people when you start Uni.
4. Helps you to establish a new routine
Having a structured routine will help with all aspects of your life whilst at Uni. Scheduling in a morning run each day or going to the gym each evening can form part of your routine and will help you to settle into your new life. It can help make sure you don’t fall into bad habits like lying in too much.
5. It’s good for your overall health
When you move into shared accommodation or are in lectures with large volumes of other students, you might find that you start picking up minor illnesses. You’ve heard of Freshers’ Flu, right? By keeping fit and exercising, you are helping to boost your immune system so you can fight off illnesses better. You’ll probably spend enough time in bed with hangovers, so you don’t need to be spending time in bed being ill too!
6. You won’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe
If you put weight on when you get settled into Uni life, the chances are that you’re going to need to buy a lot of new clothes or look pretty stupid squeezing into clothes that are too small for you. That’s probably not the look that you want to go for when you’re trying to make new friends!
Don’t let your exercise routine slip when you start Uni when there are so many benefits of keeping fit at Uni. If the idea of living somewhere with an onsite gym sounds like a good way to stick to your exercise routine, then take a look at Aspen student accommodation. When you can roll out of bed and be in the gym within a few minutes, there really won’t be any excuse to skip your exercise.