5 simple ways to improve your fitness as a student

Sure, you’ve got less time now,  your social life may be limited to a bit of light banter with your pals: text books – But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make time for a little bit of exercise every now and again – it’ll actually make you feel better and relieve stress. Here’s some simple ideas on how you can be more fit as a student.
  • 1. Walk MORE

This, my friends, is a concept some just simply fail to grasp. If you walk more you exercise more, it’s really that simple. It’s easy to add more walking to your day: try walking to and from university rather than getting the bus, because unless its raining, you really don’t have an excuse not to. If you live far away from KU why not try getting off the bus a few stops early. You can also try walking up the stairs rather than taking the lift, honestly, its not that bad. Stressed out at the library? Have a little 5 minute walk around KU. You could even walk a dog, whether real or imaginary! You could even offer to walk one for an elder person like the sweet student you are. Something else to remember, walking is free. https://vine.co/v/O3OOH5EBlla (vine made by Tessa Neal)

  • 2. Get a bike, and use it.

You don’t need to get an expensive bike. I bought mine for £45 from Neil’s Wheels in Kingston, its not the most beautiful bike in the world, but it gets me from a to b, I use it every day and I’m not too worried about it getting stolen. It is the most convenient thing ever and it is cheaper than paying for buses or car fuel. Add a basket (I got one for about £5 on eBay) and your trip to the supermarket is that bit easier. https://vine.co/v/O3MxjvO1vl6/embed (Vine made by Tessa Neal)

  • 3. Start running

Once you have got yourself a pair of decent shoes, running is free! Investing in crazy lycra running outfits is optional, not essential. Find yourself a running buddy, you’ll motivate each other to go. Why not try NHS couch to 5k which is a great free 9 week running plan for beginners: you simply download a 30 min podcast which you listen and run to three times in a week before moving on to the next podcast, slowly building up your running time and stamina so eventually you’ll be able to run for 30 minutes without stopping. https://vine.co/v/hweHHqlElEK (Video Source: https://vine.co/v/hweHHqlElEK) Follow the link for info on couch to 5k: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/c25k/pages/couch-to-5k.aspx

  • 4. Try a new hobby

There are loads of sports socities at KU that vary in price, some just have a start up fee, others cost a little more. Why not give one a try? You’ll have fun learning something new and make new friends whilst exercising, it’s a win-win situation!  I’ve joined Kingston University’s Mountaineering Club (KUMC), the club goes to Whitespider Indoor Climbing Club weekly and also goes away on climbing trips.

White Spider Climbing Centre, Tolworth. (Photograph taken by Alice Wojcik)

White Spider Climbing Centre, Tolworth. (Photograph taken by Alice Wojcik)

Visit this page to find out about what sports societies KU has to offer: http://www.kusu.co.uk/groups#sport#spor https://vine.co/v/hq5IBeOuUX3 (Video Source: https://vine.co/v/hq5IBeOuUX3)

  • 5. Join the gym

If you’ve got a bit of money spare, why not join The Gym in Kingston, it’s £17.99 a month and you can stop your membership at any time. It’s also open 24/7, so you don’t have to go when everyone else does, which is great if you hate people. Visit this page to find out more: http://www.thegymgroup.com/find-a-gym/gym/the-gym-kingston/

At least the Grumpy Cat understands how you feel

At least the Grumpy Cat understands how you feel

Written by Tessa Neal

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