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What I Wish I Knew When I Started College: Part II- The Workout

August 13, 2010

You Will Most Likely Not Work Out Everyday. Get Over It. I went into college with a stapled stack of print outs from self-help websites on “how to not gain the freshman 15”.  “Maintain your work-out schedule”, they said.

How does a person that played sports almost every day in high school maintain this workout? Should I set up my R.A. with a whistle and scream at me while I do suicides in the quad? I soon realized that maintaining the workout schedule of your high school sport is difficult, but it can be adjusted.

Most schools come with massive gyms fully equipped with shiny apparatuses just begging to be used. The gym can also be a social place, either to meet new people or to attend a yoga class with a new friend from down the hall. Try to maintain your workouts as best you can, but do not stress if they slowly begin to subside.

It is impossible to juggle the demands of college life with the workout schedule you had as a basketball, lacrosse, tennis, or soccer player in high school. There is just too much learning to do and too much fun to be had. So, do not get into a frenzy when it hits 11PM and you still haven’t gone for your run. I used to be so busy throughout the day then run late at night, and this was all peachy until a female student who had been running at the same time at me but on a different route was confronted by a serial masturbator, or as people at my university call him, “the bater”.  Do not stress, a skipped workout doesn’t mean that when you roll out of bed for class tomorrow the freshman 15 will be staring back at you in the mirror.

However, try to keep up workouts as much as possible, the fewer and more infrequent they start to become, the more likely your health will recede. Try to find running partners or lifting buddies that have similar class schedules as you. Join club sports for a way to continue playing a sport you loved in high school, or try something new. Get your friends together and create an intramural team, or look for one that is being put together by a dorm leader.

It isn’t hard to get active at school, and there are a lot of fun ways to keep in shape. The hardest part is showing up for the first practice or meeting or class, but from there on it is well worth it. If you are in a new part of the country, going on long runs around campus can be an eye-opening experience. If you are sitting studying for a long time, it is an excellent idea to take a break and go for a run to de-stress and clear your head. So, not only will your brain appreciate it, but your body as well.

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