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Fitting In Fitness

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The beginning of a new school year is a busy time between catching up with old friends, making new ones, and trying to find time for schoolwork while the weather is still nice and the lake is calling your name. Oh yeah, and you’re supposed to remain fit during all of the craziness? Yikes.

Making time for exercise is actually a lot easier than you think! Here are some simple ways to squeeze some fitness in during those busy college days:

1. Schedule It

Instead of telling yourself you will work out tomorrow, set a specific time of when. Schedule a time after your last class of the day, for example, and try to make it in every time you have that class. Or, wake up extra early for an early morning workout. If you have a set time to work out, it will feel like it is a part of your busy schedule and will become habitual.

Female College Student Riding Gym Bike Fitness Exercise

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2. Fitness Class

If you sign up for a fitness class, you will feel obligated to attend! These classes typically only take an hour of your time and offer a full-body workout. Most university gyms also offer group fitness classes that have a variety of ways to exercise (kickboxing, cycling, etc) and are less than an hour.

College Girls Doing Zumba Fitness Class At Gym

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3. Workout Buddy

Going to the gym is always easier when you have someone to go with. They will be encouraging you on those days when it would be easier to sleep in, rather than hitting the treadmill. Plus, the time spent will go by faster!

College Guys Working Out Together At The Gym Workout Buddies

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4. Athletic Club

Most colleges have a ton of athletic club sports or intramural teams you can join. Not only is it a great way to stay in shape, it’s a great way to meet people. Along with that, if you make friends on the team, you will want to show up to see them. Win-win!

College Guys Playing Intramural Sport Football Fitness

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5. Interval Training

Doing intervals (short, intense workout bursts with frequent rest versus one long workout) is a great way to get a lot more sweaty in a lot less time than a normal workout. This can work for weight training, the treadmill, or whatever.

Female College Student Doing Jumping Jacks Outside Fitness Interval Training

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Although it may seem like you are too busy to exercise, it is important and really not too hard to find time. There are multiple ways to find ways to make it fit, depending on your schedule and what you what to achieve. You need to fit in time for fitness!

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Ideas for Having Fun in College on a $0 Budget

Filed under: College Life, Health & Fitness - BookRenter Team
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By guest blogger Stan Whitcomb
Stan is a freshman at Santa Clara University. He is currently undecided, but is leaning towards a major in computer science. He is new to the blogosphere but is a seasoned writer (thanks English class!). In his free time, he likes to Dougie with his hallamtes and he is an avid Frisbee player.

Well, it’s a random Thursday afternoon. You’re bored, you’ve finished all of your homework for Friday, and your wallet is empty. It’s that rare time where three hours seems to stretch a mile. The question probably floating around your head is “What do I do?” If kicking it in the back seat or sitting in the front seat aren’t options, then it is up to you to find some free fun.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to have fun for free!

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1. Go to the Gym – The gym is a great place. Whether you are playing basketball, swimming laps, or running your heart out on an elliptical machine with your favorite magazine, the gym is entertaining and good for you! Not only that, physical exercise releases endorphins in your body, giving you a feeling of pleasure. Every time you lift a weight, it’s a little burst of happiness for your brain. Neat huh?

2. Attend an on-campus performance – On-campus performances may not be Academy Award winning performances or Grammy nominated concerts, but you would be pleasantly surprised to find out that this does not make them mediocre. In fact, seeing friends and other people you know acting in Shakespeare plays or being hilarious in an improvisational comedy group is awesome. All you have to do is look at the posters outside of the main performance hall on your campus to find out when the free shows are. Quick tip: Once you find a show you want to attend, put it in your phone as a reminder.

3. Join a Club – For the most part joining a club is a free activity. Occasionally, clubs require members to pay dues but typically the academic clubs are free. So, if you have a talent for writing, join the journalism club and write for your school paper. If you love outdoor adventures, join your school’s ski club or white water rafting club. Or, if you think you’ve got what it takes to be a funny man/woman, then the improv club might be the place for you. Clubs are easy to find simply by looking at posting around campus or checking out your student leadership office.

So whether it is active, passive, or hilarious, free fun is out there in bundles. All you have to do is close the computer, and go exploring the campus.

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