Looking After Your Body At University

Starting university? Worried about gaining weight or losingy your fitness. Don't worry - there are many things that you can do avoid all of this during times of change. - // heythereChannon
Written by Channon Gray

Going to university is an incredibly exciting time for a lot of people. Being free to live by themselves for the first time, having something which resembles an income, and being given the chance to meet loads of new people, this part of life is truly like no other. Of course, though, during this excitement, along with the time which follows it, it can be far too easy to neglect the important things in life when you have a lot on your plate. To ensure that you don’t do this with your body, this post will be exploring some of the work which students should always be doing when they’re first starting out at university.

Get Registered

This process starts with some admin work, in the form of registering for a couple of different services around the campus. The first of the applications to make will be to the local doctor. In most places, you will have a medical professional like this assigned to you, but this won’t change automatically when you move, leaving loads of people without someone like this to look after them. Companies like Bodyworks can also be helpful here, providing you with the help to keep your body from harm. It will be hard to get support for minor issues when you haven’t taken the right steps to make sure that they know you’re there.

Along with the doctor, it will also be worth looking for a gym to join at this stage. Most universities have this sort of facility on campus, making it nice and easy to find one which you like, while also getting it cheaper thanks to your status as a student. This sort of product is rarely cheap, but it will still be worth it for the benefits it provides when it comes to getting yourself fit. Trying to handle this side of your life outside of the gym is usually a mistake, with a lot of people struggling to get started when they don’t have somewhere dedicated to go.

Plan Your Diet & Exercise

Once you have a gym and a doctor to go to, it will be time to think about how you’re going to plan everything. Living on a budget can make it hard to have a healthy diet, with fresh food often costing more than the processed stuff. Of course, though, you shouldn’t let this stop you, instead looking for ways to be able to make it cheaper. Planning is one of the best ways to achieve this goal, as it will help you to buy food in bulk, rather than paying for meals every time you go to the store.

Your diet will cover a large part of your healthy lifestyle, but taking full advantage of your gym access is also going to take some planning. Like the other important aspects of your life, you should always work hard to make sure that you have time for your workouts, saving an hour or so from each day to dedicate to your body. This can be a challenge when you’re dealing with your new social life, making it worth planning before you start to meet new people, as they will be big distractions when you want to get fit.

Keep Excess Under Control

With the new freedom you have to do what you want, it can be very easy to let certain aspects of your life go out of control. Drinking, for example, is a very typical student activity, and it is perfectly healthy to get involved with this in moderation. Far too many people find themselves struggling to keep their usage down, though, with each day bringing the promise of new entertainment. Thankfully, this will be partly solved when you start dieting and exercising, but it will also help if you try to keep the work you’re doing in mind. People will rarely sabotage their own work, especially when they are putting a lot of effort into it.

Stay On Top Of Your Workouts

Keeping on top of workouts when you have parties, lectures, and other events to attend, even when you have a plan. Making this into an important part of your life is critical when you want to take it seriously. Motivation plays a big part in this, with most people finding it much easier to keep themselves on the right track when they have some inspiration to draw from. To get this for yourself, one of the best options you have available is a gym buddy, with someone else’s support at the gym being more valuable than simply trying to push yourself.

This isn’t the only way to give yourself a bigger reason to go to the gym, though. Along with having a buddy, having something in your life which relies on your body being kept fit can also be a great way to keep yourself on top of your workouts. Being on a sports team, doing charity work, and loads of other little jobs exist which will be much easier when you’re healthy, giving you the chance to join something fun which will also push you towards success. Not a lot of people realise quite how powerful this approach can be.

Monitor Your Progress

Finally, as the last part of this process, it’s time to think about your progress, and how you will be monitoring it to make sure that you’re always improving. A lot of people ignore the results of their work in this area, often not understanding how important they are. When you have a good idea of where you’re going, it will be far easier to picture yourself reaching your end goals, and this will be a big driving factor in your workouts. To learn how to keep an eye on this part of your fitness, it will be worth reading some blogs and forum posts.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on the process of keeping yourself fit and healthy when you first go to university. Most people will gain weight and lose some of their fitness when they first start in a place like this. Of course, though, this will get much easier over time.

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Channon Gray

I'm Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 23 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London then Cambridge. I'm now a Postgraduate Student, Stationery Addict and all-round Life Enthusiast.

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