4 Unconvential Ways To Stay Active In College

When I started college I noticed an immediate drop-off in my physical activity.

It might be because I was so busy with everything else college life had to offer that I didn’t try to fit exercise into my schedule.

What I didn’t realize when I was a freshman was that college campuses offer tons of opportunities to stay active.

If you’re looking for ways to stay fit other than hitting the treadmill, consider the following options:

Sign up for a Class

A great way to stay active is to sign up for a class at your campus rec center. This will force you to fit a workout into your schedule, and if you pay for it you’ll be less likely to make excuses.

Most classes are cheaper with your student ID, so convince a friend to sign up with you and motivate each other to go.

Take Advantage of the Freebies

There are a ton of fun and free ways to get a workout on any college campus. All you have to do is check out your campus recreation website for schedules. At my school, for example, there are a number of free activities offered by campus rec. You can go to the public skate at the ice arena for free with a student ID, go swimming, play badminton or basketball at the gym, or use the climbing wall.

Ride a Bike

This year, I bought a cheap bike to use at school (I don’t recommend bringing your bike from home – it might get stolen or damaged since you’ll probably leave it locked outside).

Biking is a great way to stay active and it saves you time getting to class. At my University, there are a lot of bike paths outside of campus. In the warmer months, you can explore all the parts of your campus and the surrounding areas that are too far to get to on foot.

Join a Club

There are plenty of clubs that can give you the chance to stay active. At my school, for example, the yoga club meets a few times each month and is open to anyone.

If you put your name on a few email lists, you’ll get notified every time a club is having a meeting and you can work them into your schedule.

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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