5 Easy Ways Busy College Students Can Stay in Shape

A life of a student can be rather busy, especially during the semester when everything is hectic and on a tight schedule. Staying in shape is quite a challenge in and of itself, let alone during school.

If you’re a busy student, and simply don’t have the time and resources to dedicate solely to staying in shape, these five easy ways may come in handy, and offer you a better insight into the methods you can use to stay in shape without jeopardizing your scores in school.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy will not only boost your immune system but will also allow you to bear through challenging endeavors such as regular exercise, long walks, busy studying schedule, etc.

Naturally, it’s easier said than done, especially for students. School cafeterias are not exactly known for being the number-one place to get healthy food. However, if you don’t have a choice, the school cafeteria can be a viable source of healthy food, albeit rarely.

The most important thing you should remember is – always eat breakfast. This can be a tough challenge for many students as the vast majority of them participate in early morning classes, but that doesn’t justify skipping breakfast. Even a single banana will make a significant difference, so don’t skip breakfast!

Speaking of skipping, avoid skipping meals. Promise yourself you’re going to eat at least three times a day and make sure you keep that promise. Skipping a whole meal won’t critically harm your endeavor, but introducing any imbalance on a regular basis will eventually take a toll on you.


If you’re a devoted student, chances are you don’t have much time to dedicate to exercising. While it would be perfect if you were to have time to commit to a healthy cause, there are a couple of ways around it.

The internet is a powerful medium, and it allows you to educate yourself on a particular matter without leaving the comfort of your home. Therefore, rather than hiring a personal trainer or wasting time on commuting to the gym, you can do everything in your room.

The great thing about this is that you can learn a lot by just watching a few videos. For example, if you’re aiming to increase your muscle mass but aren’t sure how to approach the situation, don’t hesitate to watch a few weightlifting videos and pick up some tips and techniques from the professionals.

Stay Consistent and Listen To Your Body

While it’s usually a good idea to follow a specific program made by a professional, it doesn’t always mean it’s the right thing to do. Everyone has a unique metabolism, and every individual reacts differently to certain methods and intensities. Therefore, what’s great for someone else’s body doesn’t necessarily mean it’s great for your body, and vice-versa.

It is of utmost importance that you stay consistent in your intentions, and listen to your body. Try adjusting your habits and daily activities according to what your body has to say, rather than strictly following something you’ve read on the internet.

The Importance of Regular Sleep

Sleep deprivation is a serious issue, even though it might not seem like it. It can lead to reduced brain function, loss of energy, headaches, and more. Pulling an all-nighter is a regular part of every student’s life, especially during the semester.

Even though adjusting your sleep schedule can be a challenging task, you must incorporate a balance between sleep, school, and your free time in order to stay in shape. If either of these elements fall victim to imbalance, you won’t have an easy time of bringing everything back to status quo.

Avoid coffee, energy drinks, and cigarettes

Contrary to popular belief, both coffee and energy drinks aren’t as efficient as most people claim. In fact, they do much more harm than good to your body, so make sure you eliminate them from your daily routine as soon as possible.

Sugary drinks, coffee, and cigarettes should be the first three things you get rid of if you’re looking to stay in shape, have enough energy to push through the day, and most importantly – finish school with good grades.


Stella Green Thompson is a graphic designer and illustrator, a lifestyle and beauty blogger and a food enthusiast. She is very passionate about the environment and her hobbies center around her love for nature, yoga and living in balance. Stella loves giving tips about healthy lifestyle and self-development. She is a contributor to several health and lifestyle blogs. You can find more about her writing by following her on Twitter.


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