Due to all of the socializing that happens on a college campus, you might think that it would be easier to want to work out when you’re living in a dorm. Well, that might be the case if your roommate is a fitness buff or you’re a college athlete. For the rest of us, there can be a temptation to not make exercising a priority; especially if we’re keeping long study hours. There are some simple ways that you can stay fit while living in a dormitory, though. If you have to see it to believe it, keep reading.
Watch those eating habits
Chances are, if you don’t have food in your mini-fridge, your roommate or neighbor down the hall does. This can make it really tempting to want to eat around the clock. When you were living at home, you were probably used to following a certain eating schedule. It should still apply (relatively speaking) while you’re living on campus. Have three main meals and keep snacking to a minimum.
Drink lots of water
This one is basically a no-brainer. We’re made up of mostly water and so next to air, it’s what our body needs the most. Water is what helps to flush toxins out of our system and being that water is filled with oxygen (remember the H2O formula?), it also supports in providing our cells with what they need to function productively. According to Mayo Clinic, men need around 3.0 liters of water daily while women need about 2.2.
Get some sleep
New York is hailed as being the city that never sleeps, but if there was a runner-up for this category, it would have to be virtually any university across the country. University life always has something going on. This means that you’ll have to exert self-control and accept the fact that you can’t do everything. An adult needs 6 to 8 hours of sleep. It’s a time for our bodies to replenish themselves and believe it or not, sleep also helps to stabilize our metabolism.
Virtually all colleges have gyms and fitness centers on campus, but sometimes our class load can make getting to them difficult. That’s OK. There are plenty of exercises that you can do right from the comfort of your own room. Say that you’re up late one night studying for a criminal justice degree. Why not pull out your free weights and do a couple of rounds of arm curls? Or if you’re listening to an audio book for English class, that’s a great time to do some lunges, push-ups and sit-ups. When it comes to working out, rarely is it a matter of where. It’s more a matter of when.
Get involved in “outside of the dorm” activities
A huge temptation while in college is to become sedentary. You know how it is. You sit in class for a couple of hours, walk back to your dorm and then watch television or nap until your next class. A few months of that is sure to make anyone pack on a few more pounds than planned. A way to avoid this is to get involved with some clubs on campus or better yet, an intramural sport. They’re fun, sociable and a great way to keep the body active, which is always a good thing!