Four ways I stay fit and healthy in college

March 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

“I have run 10 miles a day, every day, for 18 years. That’s 65 thousand miles. A third of the way to the moon. My goal is to run to the moon.” – Chris Traeger, Parks and Recreation

Apart from a brief stint in running track and cross country, I wasn’t an avid exerciser in high school, but I made the decision to truly work on reinventing myself when I first came to college. I’ve gotten more passionate about leading a better lifestyle all around since my freshman year, and I still find new ways all the time to be a healthier me. The ways I’ve spent my time at Drury trying to be healthier go on and on, and although I’m no Chris Traeger, I’ve still seen my best progress with these four positive changes!

1. I hit the gym – a lot.

I think personal health truly does start with physical exercise, so I run 3 – 5 miles almost every weekday at the gym, plus weightlifting and free-form exercises. It was tough work getting my endurance up, but well worth it, because I almost always feel more energetic after I work out. Plus, working out is a surefire way to make me feel less stressed and more relaxed.

2. I drink tons of water.

The holy grail of hydration: the .75 ML Eddy Camelbak. Yeah, I’m weird.

Thanks to my trusty Camelbak water bottle, I’ve literally always got water on hand, and you’d be shocked how much water you drink when it’s just available (unless I’m too lazy to go fill it up, in which case, it’s not available). If you want to buy into good ol’ collegiate conformity, Camelbak water bottles are really popular at Drury – you can buy customized ones at the campus bookstore. Mine even has a coozie on it. Without my water bottle, I’d be lost and certainly less hydrated. I know this for a fact, because I left mine in the RA office last weekend and wandered around sad and dry-mouthed until my comrades pointed it out that it had been there all along.

3. I look for new ways to exercise.

I go on bike rides, I walk where I can when the weather isn’t bipolar and terrifying, and I even use my laundry detergent as a weight to lift while my clothes are washing. I’ve also started going to hot yoga this semester with a friend of mine. It’s just about what you’d expect it to be: yoga, but… hot. Really hot. It’s hard to begin explaining how much everybody sweats in hot yoga – it’s literally the equivalent of just stepping out of the shower. Or swimming in a pond in a rainforest while it’s actually raining while surrounded by a giant sprinkler system. You get my point, but I love how physically challenging and peaceful hot yoga is all at once, and I think it’s a great way for college guys and gals to stay fit in a fun, new way.

4. I make one consciously healthy decision every day.

Whether it’s pushing through another workout at the gym instead of napping or replacing a cup of soda with water at lunch, I try to make at least one consciously healthy choice every day. My biggest challenge is my love of heavily caffeinated drinks and anything sugary sweet, so I feel proud when I limit myself to one (or none!) of those treats per day. It’s an ongoing process, but I’m getting better all the time, and Drury’s resources make it easy.

If you’re a current or would-be Drury student, check out these health-conscious campus resources, and see a surprise picture of me working out in the first link! Seriously, I didn’t even know my picture was on the Wellness page.

Campus Wellness and Fitness | Barber Fitness Center Hours

What’s one of your healthy habits? Share in a comment below and receive a photo of me laughing dramatically at nothing.