When you’re surviving on a diet of takeaway pizza, discounted beer and never-enough sleep, it can be difficult to feel healthy, let alone to maintain a decent level of fitness.
One envious look at your university’s football team, rugby team and cheerleading squad proves it is possible – but can it really be done without giving up the nights out and while still fitting in your studies? It can; and Student Discount Squirrel are here to help you understand how.
Excercise – Get Moving To Feel Better
Despite the thousands of activewear adverts and gym promotions that fill your social media feeds through January telling you otherwise, you really don’t need to splash out to join a premium gym or buy the latest support leggings to work out.
There is a growing amount of budget gyms throughout the UK, with cheaper membership rates than standard gyms as they function with less staff and less machines. Many are open 24-hours a day and you enter using just a custom code and don’t have on-site staff. If you know what you’re doing, this set up is ideal.
If you’d prefer not to go to a gym or not to commit to a contract, home workouts may be more for you. There’s loads of tutorial videos available online to help you with (non-bedtime) bedroom exercise and to guide you on your fitness journey. If videos aren’t for you, try a brisk walk or a run out and about. Running for ten minutes is better than no minutes, and you can build it up over time to improve.
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Mindfulness – A Healthy Mind Is Esstential
Your mental health is as important as your physical, and your overall health can never comprise just of one. It’s important to take some time out of your day to just clear your head and breath – even if this is just a few minutes rather than a full meditation session.
Yoga beautifully combines physical exercise, breath and mindfulness to chill you out while giving you a tone-up and good stretch. Look to see if there’s a yoga society at your uni or classes on campus, and if not, any nearby.
Failing that, the internet may again prove your saviour, with courses available for all levels. It’s a brilliant practice that you can spend just minutes on per day and will soon see the benefits. Give it a go for a week, and see how it works for you!
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In improving your mental health, you should strive to avoid unnecessary stresses and burdens and instead, make positive decisions to do what’s right for you. If this means asking for help (with your course or any other aspect of your uni life), just do it. You’ll feel better for it in the long run.
Nutrition – Be Kind to your Insides
It can be difficult to eat healthily on a student budget but fear not, there are options. Avoiding buying snacks while out and about and instead packing something from your store cupboard in your bag can make a huge difference… as long as it’s fruit or something not too calorific.
Budget chefs such as Jack Monroe have cooked up some brilliant bargain meals and many that can be saved or frozen for lunches and dinners another day. Indeed, meal prep of this type need not just be the domain of fitness bloggers. If you can plan out what you’d like for the week in advance (give yourself a night off for treats at some point) and cook or prepare it at a weekend, you’re set for the week ahead.
Failing that, prepare for the evening ahead and invest in a slow cooker – just pop your ingredients in first thing and come home to a lovely dinner ready and waiting for you… with the added bonus of your student flat smelling lovely!
House of Fraser offer great discounts and have some great kitchen deals online and in-store.
Something important to consider for your health and wellbeing that often goes unnoticed is your balance between your university work and the rest of your life. Of course, your studies should require a degree of effort and should be a priority – after all, if you fail your course, then your coming to university will have been wasted.
But it’s also important that you find time to eat, sleep, socialise and enjoy the experience that being at uni presents. Your time should be managed well enough that although you may need to make the odd sacrifice, you don’t have to give up every event or night out in favour of bashing the books. You need challenging, yes, but you don’t need defeating.
Pulling an all-nighter can quickly become a dangerous habit for your health and whilst we’ve all done them once (OK, or twice), they shouldn’t be repeated too often. Your sleep, and the quality of it, is so imperative to your health that without it, you’d die!
A good night’s sleep can any sticky situation feel better and gives your body and mind time to restore and rejuvenate. You don’t want to be known as the bore for social situations but don’t give up sleep if you feel you really need it and hit the hay: everyone loves an early night once in a while.
If you’re struggling with your course enough that you find your uni experience isn’t as fun as you would like, or you feel you’re really missing out on things compared to your peers, then ask for help. Even a basic move such as drawing up a new time management plan could see your studies and social life improve. Anything’s worth a try, right?
Treat yourself once in a while to perk up your mood even during busy work periods. Book some new adventures with Easyjet, and you’ll soon have something to work toward!