Now that allergy season is coming up, it’s time to address the one thing everyone seems to be allergic to…the gym! If you want those fire Instagram pics but don’t really like going to the gym, or don’t have the time to go with your part-time job, 19 credits, and a multitude of extracurriculars, here are five simple things you can do that’ll slowly but surely pay off in the long run.
Take the stairs.
This might seem like an obvious one, but with Rutgers’ architecture, chances are that even if you live on the first floor of your dorm, all your classes probably are not on the first floor. In that case, take the stairs! Using the stairs can help tone your calves, glutes, and hamstrings. And most importantly, you can avoid that giant group of people crowding the elevator.
Get off one bus stop earlier.
Now that the weather is getting a little warmer (unless there’s another random snow day…who knows at this point?!) It can help to get off one or two bus stops earlier and walk the rest of the way. It’s a great way of adding a little exercise into your commute to class and avoiding some mild claustrophobia on the bus.
Carry around healthy snacks
This one probably requires the most self-control, as every student’s weakness is the dreaded vending machine. You end up caving and getting those sugar-filled Poptarts at absurdly high prices when you know one Costco run could’ve resolved all your problems. A healthy alternative is to carry around a healthy snack like a granola bar, or some yogurt in your backpack or purse so that the next time you’re hungry, you can save some calories and money!
Take a class. They’re free!
If you don’t like going to the gym, you are not alone. But there are plenty of other ways you can get in some activity as Rutgers offers free classes at all of the gyms on campus! Here you can do yoga, pilates, or BodyPump. It is usually only an hour long and available on every campus at many different times. So find a class and time that works for you, bring some friends with you, and start moving!
Drink LOTS of water
This one is the easiest ones to do but for some reason is the one that most college kids struggle with. Dehydration has become a norm for so many college kids despite the abundance of water filters on campus. Make sure to always carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it when you get the chance. Drinking water not only is essential to fitness, but it also improves your skin, and keeps you more awake and alert!
Go ahead and make these simple changes in your life today! You’ll easily see the payoff in time for that summer vacation you’ve had planned.