Staying Fit While In College

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I am not the greatest person at staying fit, but these are some of the things that I do to stay happy and healthy. So here are my six tips for staying fit in college.

Take Study Breaks To Do Simple Exercises

It’s important that every once and a while you take a break from staring at your computer screen or having your nose in a textbook. Your body needs breaks to recuperate  and refresh. So if I’m studying and I don’t have time or don’t want to walk all the way across campus to go to the gym I take study breaks and do in-home/dorm exercises. I recently bought two fifteen pound weights to keep in my room so I can keep my arms toned. I will use my weights and do simple arm strength exercises while taking my break. If you don’t have weights, then use your own body weight to do exercises like squats, push-ups, crunches, and lunges.

Study/Quiz Exercise 

Another way of doing in-home/dorm exercises is when you are studying or quizzing yourself on terms or formulas and every time you get an answer wrong do a 30 sec wall sit or 10 squats that way you will get some exercise and remember the correct answer next time.

Stay Hydrated!

Drinking water is one of the most important things you could do for your body. I’m prone to headaches and I know that it is most likely due to my lack of water intake so I bring water bottles around with me everywhere. College can get stressful and it gets easier to become dehydrated or sick, but by drinking more water you will be more awake and less likely to get sick. Plus your body will thank you inside and out by keeping your skin looking healthy.

Take Longer Routes To Class 

If you get up early for class, like me, then you will likely have more time to get to class. Some days I like to take longer routes because it might be a nice day or I want to go for a walk or I’m feeling a bit tired and need more time to wake up. I enjoy going for walks because it’s the easiest way to get exercise without hardcore sweating and it can be quite peaceful.

Take Fun Classes At The Recreational Center/Gym

Getting myself to exercise on my own can be quite difficult, especially since I had to leave my family’s personal trainer back home in Minnesota after going to college. I find that sometimes I need another person to push me to work my hardest. Ever since I started taking classes at my campus gym, I’ve had more fun working out. I am and avid spin class taker and cardio dancer. Of all the classes I took I found these to be the most fun and the ones that made me sweat the hardest. Taking classes are the best way to exercise without feeling like you’re exercising, especially when you have a friend group along with you.

Wear Cute Gym Attire 

I know that if I wear cute gym clothes I feel better about myself and I don’t feel sluggish at the gym. Also if you buy cute workout clothes, then you are more likely to go to the gym and show off your little gym ensemble. Especially for me being a fashion student I find that when I see myself in the mirror at the gym wearing cute workout clothes, it motivates me even more. If the clothing part is not your thing, then buy cute workout accessories like a cute water bottle, gym bag, or sneakers.

 

What Happened To Being Well Dressed?

 

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What ever happened to the politeness of being well dressed? Since when did wearing sweatpants all the time turn into the norm of today’s attire? Not long ago men were wearing suits on airplanes and it was normal for a woman to don a hat everywhere. My question is why has the downfall of dress etiquette occurred? In my opinion, I like to look nice when I go out in public, it makes me feel complete plus I have a passion for putting outfits together so of course I am going to show off my skills. Actually it is scientifically proven that if you dress nicer while taking a test you will tend to do better. Isn’t that interesting, how clothes can be linked with psychology. When people start dressing nicer, they feel better. Taking care of their body becomes more important and it should be important because the human body is an amazing thing and should be well taken care of by good grooming,eating healthy, and exercise. Now don’t get me wrong I know that there is a big athletic trend going on and comfy chic is the new style. I do like the athletic trend, but there is a certain way to wear it without looking like you just woke up. It is possible to master the art of “comfy dressing” or looking good while still wearing quite comfortable clothes. For example, a gray sweatshirt with a black leather jacket over it. Or even joggers can be considered a stylish pair of sweatpants.

“Dressing well is a form of good manners” – Tom Ford

Nowadays, I find it quite refreshing to see someone who knows how to dress. Personally, I think that if men and women knew how to dress there would definitely be a lot more going for them. People underestimate the power of clothing. Queen Elizabeth I used to wear the most ostentatious dresses with intricate details to show her power and wealth. She was the only one allowed to wear such outrageous clothes and everyone else in court would have to downgrade their clothes because no one could outshine the queen. Also another reason is because back then women were not usually put in such powerful positions so she had to find other ways to make her look just as intimidating.

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated” – Oscar Wilde

It is often hard to find inspiration on a midwest college campus where the dress code is pretty much sweatpants, sneakers, and a baseball hat. For those out there who are into fashion and are going to a college that is not on the east or west coast and are lacking in inspiration, don’t worry I’m in the same boat. Don’t get me wrong, I love my school and I chose to be there, but there is nothing quite like being in “The City That Never Sleeps” or by the beaches down in California. Most of the action in the fashion industry happens on either sides of the country. I often have to keep reminding myself that I am on a college campus, of course everyone is going to dress in lounge wear. I’m in a place where most people don’t know what they’re going to do with their life yet. Everyone here is young and foolish and still finding their life purpose. But for those who choose not to follow the crowd, I applaud you and I challenge you to be the inspiration for other people and perhaps your “sparkle” will rub off on others.