Tip #8: Pinteresting dorm exercises

Often times, the most challenging part of staying fit in college is finding time and a place to workout. But if you do your research you can find different exercises that you can do without exercising machines and from your own room.

Pinterest should be your best friend by now. It can also help you find these workouts without having to spend too much time looking at different websites.

For example, the “99 workout” found on Pinterest is done without any equipment and can be done from your room. This is a quick and effective workout for those who have small areas to work with.

People also post videos that can be used to your advantage these come in a variety from yoga exercises to a little more intense workouts.

College years can seem everlasting and very stressful, but if you are dedicated, the healthy habits won’t take long to develop.

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Tip #6: Now walk it out

We have talked about food, snacks and routines but what about exercise? It is also a key element to staying fit in college. There are simple activities that you can do daily without having to spend outrageous amounts of money for a gym membership. The best thing for your health is to devote at least 30 minutes of your day to exercise. And by exercise I do not mean weights and crazy workouts; unless you are into that then its cool.

Try to walk or bike to class as much as possible. Be active on the way to class instead of taking your car. It will also help you get some fresh air before and after class. If you have class late at night, try to do it in group or if you feel safer, then take your car.

Try joining an intramural sport at school. This is a fun way to meet new students and at the same time get some exercise in.

If you want to catch up with some friends, take a walk. But take the long route instead of the short-cut to get a little extra exercise.

Join the fitness classes offered at the union or the physical activities for credit. It is a win-win situation, you meet new people, you get some exercise done, you get credit for it.

If you are more experienced or like a little more intensity in their workouts, check out the gym at school. It is always good to mix it up so your body doesn’t get use to the same exercise.

Always challenge yourself to try new exercises and do not forget to log those extra steps!

Tip#5: Apps to keep track of food

The best way to keep track of your food intake is using a food journal. Writing down every single thing that you eat, calculating the calories, sugars, protein and fat grams. But lets be honest, who has time for this when we have better things to do like checking Facebook.

Well, now you can have all these at the palm of your hand all thanks to the following cool calorie counting and snack tracker applications. These apps really come in handy when the only thing you need to do is download the app, search the item and select the portion. Magic!

The two apps that I highly recommend are The Snack App for those who love eating snacks and MyFitnessPal for those who want to keep track of their calories.

The Snack app breaks down food categories by the number of calories, and it can also provide ideas for burning calories and making healthier snack choices. The app is easy to use and has accurate information.

MyFitnessPal is like keeping a calorie diary on your iPhone. You have to create an account, set your goals and  update your exercise habits. This app provides you nutritional facts about the food you are eating. The app keeps track of your calorie intake and progress and you only have to add the info from each meal. The thing I liked about this app is that you can invite other friends so you keep each other motivated toward personal goals.

Tip #4: Establish a routine

When college students move out of their houses, some may strongly appreciate all the freedom from the routines they had to follow back when they were home like meal time, bedtime, waking up, etc. After time, this freedom is no longer that exciting when you are late to class because you didn’t wake up on time, you don’t have clean clothes and your homework isn’t done.

We all know that when we have a routine everything gets done and we stress less. I have learned that when I set times to go to bed, do my homework, laundry and prepare meals I feel a lot more productive and can even set some time to exercise.

Getting enough sleep is key to staying fit in college! Sleep is when our body repairs itself and recharges for the activities on the next day. Depriving your body of sleep will only cause more harm than good. The next day you feel tired, have a headache and can easily get sick. They say little productive effort happens after midnight.

Sleeping until late will not only make you tired and less capable of concentrating in class the next day, but it will also make you eat more calories in order to keep yourself awake.

Tip #3: Pinteresting snack ideas

If you have not heard of the new social network Pinterest, I truly do not know what you do when you are procrastinating. Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board which helps people to connect with people around the world through images they find interesting. Boards include fashion, books, do it yourself ideas and of course, food!

If you search “healthy snacks” on Pinterest, you will get bombarded with delicious ideas from basic popcorn to fresh fruit and apple peanut butter sandwiches. All “pins” should link back to the original blog where the recipe is located.

You can also find some pins that use every-day food and find a way to make them “skinny” style. Therefor, you can replace the not so healthy ingredients with something that is healthier and has a similar taste.

The thing I personally like about the Pinterest snack ideas is that most of them are inexpensive and easy to make. After all, cheap and convenient is what students are looking for.

Now that you know all these new things about Pinterest, please do not blame me for giving you a new excuse to procrastinate!

Tip #2: The Healthy Plate

The Healthy Plate will help you portion your food in a healthy way and make meal planning easier. The portions are based on a small dinner plate.

The following portions are how 3 meals out of your 5 meals should look like:

  1. Fill one-quarter of your plate with a healthy protein source, such as fish, chicken, eggs, cooked beans, lentils, or tofu.
  2. Fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, green beans, asparagus, greens, tomatoes, or romaine lettuce.
  3. Fill one-quarter of your plate with healthy grains or starches, such as brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, quinoa, bulgur, corn, peas, one slice of whole-grain bread, or one corn or whole wheat tortilla.

The following portions should be consumed twice a day as snack options:

  • 1 small fruit serving, such as an orange, banana, apple, or 1 cup of berries.
  • 2 to 3 cups of nonfat or low-fat milk or yogurt.
  • A small amount of healthy fats, such as olive or canola oil, trans-fat-free margarine, or a small handful of nuts.

Tip #1: Do not limit your food, limit your portions

There is a myth that says that the less you eat the more weight you will loose. Well, Let me tell you that is just pure lies. It is actually the complete opposite, the less you eat the worse it is for your body and metabolism. The next meal that you eat, your body will absorb all the fat and sugars because the body was in “starving” mode.

The best way to keep your body full is not by eating a lot in one sitting, in fact it is eating smaller portions more often. By eating more often, you will help your metabolism to always be working.

The best way to do it is to eat 5 times a day. 3 meals and 2 snacks. But remember that you need to keep any eye on the size of your portions. Make sure each meal contains all the necessary portions from The Healthy Plate!

Stay tuned if you want to learn what The Healthy Plate should look like!

Staying fit in college

Staying fit in college is not always easy. When you have a full time schedule and a budget, it is less likely that you will be found with healthy eating habits and a gym membership. Being a full time student affects our eating schedule because we are always running around with no time to properly prepare a meal, take the time to find healthy food or do some exercise.

Most universities  have dinning halls but very few of their foods are actually healthy and good for the students and it can be hard to stay in shape with all those delicious temptations.

But, what about a gym membership and a personal trainer… well we all know that is not an option for most students who are in a budget. Yes, you can attend your university’s gym but, looking at all the machines might be overwhelming and intimidating. So you will most likely walk away with no success.

So, if you do not want to be a victim of the famous freshmen 15 or if you want to get rid of your freshmen 15, then I invite you to read the following 8 tips to stay fit in college!