5 Tips to Include More Exercise in Your Busy Life

Here at Food Digest, we often give information about programs/organizations, nutrition-related career paths, nutrition movie reviews, new food studies, and making better eating choices, but we hardly make posts about exercise.
Let’s change that, since physical activity is an enormous part of “Bit[ing] into a Healthy Lifestyle”!

Please don't be like this.
Please don’t be like this.

As college students, we are frequently busy with studying, working, volunteering, interning, and/or even balancing our home life on the daily. It can become really easy for us to dismiss the idea of incorporating a little physical activity into our week. – But have no fear! According to NHANES, here are 5 simple tips to include exercise in your busy student life:

  1. Plan ahead! Look at your typical week schedule and identify your free time. Try to plan three 30 minute exercise activities per week especially during the time of the day when you feel your most energetic.
  2. Find a gym buddy! By making friendships with people with the same exercise goals and interests as well as developing a support system, you’re more likely to get those muscles moving and your heart pumping. Going to group fitness classes, such as Zumba and cardio kickboxing, at your local gym is a great way to make friends.
  3. Family obligations? Play with the children and incorporate fun activities with them, such as jump roping, playing tag, playing basketball/football/baseball/soccer, and dancing.
  4. Try adding extra physical activity to your day. Instead of taking the escalator/elevator, take the stairs. Park farther away to get a slightly longer walk to your destination. Walk your dog.
  5. Don’t have a gym membership? Youtube has a plethora of fitness channels to follow. My favorites are BeFit and Blogilates. If you have a smartphone, PumpUp is a great exercise community app that lets you log your daily physical activity and generates easy-to-follow workouts based on your goals and your desired time of working out.

What do you think of these tips? Any to add? Feel free to share in the comments!

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