- Getting fit doesn’t have to be boring or expensive
- Get fit at home using YouTube, doing your chores and changing how you travel.
- Look out for freebies and don’t forget to get your friends involved!
Let’s face it being a student isn’t always very healthy. The diet of kebabs and vodka shots combined with the exercise of
dancing in the club isn’t doing your fitness levels much good. But we can’t all afford to pay £200 for a gym membership in Fresher’s week which, let’s be honest, we will use twice at the beginning of term. But fear not! Here is a list of ways even the laziest of students can get fit without spending a penny:
YouTube has a ton of fitness videos whether you’re looking for cardio, aerobics or fitness advice. Have a search through and create a playlist of your favourite videos to create a routine for yourself. If you fancy getting fit with friends why not find some fitness DVD’s on there- anyone remember this classic?
2) Use the stairs.
Although the thought of climbing 2 flights of stairs is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest – avoiding the lift is an easy way to integrate a bit of exercise into your day when you’re out and about. If you’re indoors use them in your work out – you can run up and down them or step up and down one or two steps.
3) Have a private disco.
Don’t pretend you don’t bust a move in front of your bedroom mirror! Create a playlist of great tunes, turn the music up and have a dance! Perhaps some good practice for next time you go out clubbing?
4) Change up your transport.
Opt to walk or cycle to university or the shops instead which will save you money on transport costs as well as help keep you fit. If you do take the bus, get off a stop earlier.
5) Get down to it.
Possibly the most enjoyable exercise there is? Sex burns 288 calories per hour, gets your heart pumping and gets your muscles working. (Do we need to go into any more detail about the other benefits?)
6) Look out for freebies.
Keep up to date with your university and local council using social media so you’re updated on any fitness related events you can get involved in whether it’s a game of football or a free swimming session. Your student union may also organise free fitness classes or sessions and don’t forget gyms also often have open days or free trials!
7) Get competitive.
It may seem a bit childish but having some friendly (or not so friendly) competition can be a great way of having some fun whilst keeping fit. Grab your mates and play games like Twister or Frisbee, start a pillow fight or race your friends to lectures or the shops – being fast whilst looking normal can be a challenge as well as a laugh.
No one likes cleaning but you’re killing two birds with one stone. Research has found that doing the laundry, vacuuming and ironing burn the most calories with doing housework in general burning 50,000 calories a year. Get speeding round your room with the hoover and get your arms working wiping those kitchen sides!
What are your favourite ways of getting fit on a budget? Let us know on Twitter – @9grndndcounting