How to Get in Shape in College

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Read this article to learn the secrets of getting in shape in college.

It’s no secret, getting in shape while in college is hard.  In between spending your days studying for tests and your nights partying with your friends, the pounds can seem to have a way of sneaking up on even the most careful student! Fortunately, you seem like a proactive person that wants to fight the good fight. Below you will find the secrets of getting in shape in college.


Watch What You Eat

The biggest secret to staying in shape in college is to be accountable for what you eat.  Now, I’ve never been a fan of diets; I don’t like the idea of telling people what they can and cannot eat. Truth be told, if I’m out and someone is offering me cake, you’re darn right I’m going to have a piece and not let some diet hold me back.  That’s why this secret is to simply watch what you eat so you can afford to eat a piece of cake every now and then.

Here’s the truth, whatever you put into your body can either help or harm you. When it comes to getting in shape, you need to make good food choices.  You should always try to eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins. Now I know it can be confusing to decide what to eat so I came up with a very simple solution that you can start using today. I call it the simple swap principle.

The only rule with the simple swap principle is to make simple, healthy swaps for your meals. Here’s what I mean. Instead of ordering a cheeseburger for lunch, order a salad with grilled chicken. Instead of having a side of fries, choose a vegetable! Instead of having a glass of soda, elect to have a glass of water. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel; all we are trying to do is to get into the habit of eating food that is better for you.  If you can make these small changes, I promise you that you will be fit sooner than you think.

Get Active

Hey you, yeah you! It’s time to come out of your dorm and be active! Here’s the crazy part; when you’re active, you’ll end up meeting more people, quickening the time it takes to get into shape and have fun in the process! So what are you waiting for?

For those that strictly want to get into shape, the best thing you can do is start going to gym. You burn more calories lifting weights then you do running. Don’t worry, it is possible to lift weights without turning into a bulky beast. I recommend doing a simple Google search for weight room workouts and following a plan. Additionally, I recommend finding a weight room partner to hold you accountable, and keep you safe while you lift weights.

If lifting isn’t your thing, don’t worry, you have options. You can play intramural sports, you can jog, you can walk and you can do pretty much do anything as long as you are being active.  Try to shoot for a minimum of 30 active minutes.

Drink More Water

Did you know that water is pretty much the best thing you can drink for your body? It’s almost like our body was made up of water or something. Oh yeah, it is.

You need to drink more water if you’re trying to get in shape. Not only is water calorie free, but water really does have enormous benefits for your body. Water helps you stay hydrated, aids your metabolism, cleans toxins from your body, reduces the risk of cancer and offers many more benefits. Drink more water, your body will thank you.

Get Your Rest

My final secret will not only help you ace your test from PSU online but it is fun to follow. The tip is to simply get your rest! When you’re trying to loose weight and get in shape, your body will need time to rest and heal. Make sure you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep and you will come to find that you will start to feel better.

Getting in shape in principle is easy. I promise you that if you are active, eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get your rest that you will get into shape. What’s hard is sticking to this lifestyle. If you are able to adopt these secrets to your lifestyle, you will get into shape and you’ll have fun in the process.

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