Guest Post: College & Fitness

Welcome to part 2 of our B2S College style Series

I understand, when you first step on the campus you are more interested in where you will sleep, eat, and who will be your friend.Everything is new and overwhelming. The LAST thing on your mind is “How will I keep myself in check when it comes to staying ‘healthy’?”

This is where most college students make a lot of mistakes, they don’t put everything into perspective.

Where there was once routine—coming home and eating dinner with the family,  going out with the friends once or twice a week, and possibly keeping in shape through their chosen sports. Now things are different. In college, you are in charge of yourself and accountable for everything that you choose to do. If you have gained that 5-10 pounds extra by your senior year or even the “Freshmen 15”, you can’t blame anyone.

This post is going to be helpful by outlining little things you can incorporate to assist in keeping fit on a hectic schedule. Don’t think it will be easy because temptation is high and this will take determination, finding a support system, and create a plan.

I don’t expect all of you to make good choices because I didn’t my freshmen year.  My bad health choices landed me right where the majority of you will end up or have already ended up by mid-college. I was on the journey to lose everything I gained. I want you to do better than myself and make better decisions NOW so you don’t have to make it harder on yourself in the long-term.

To start
  • If you are an athlete, this will come easier because you will have a schedule for practices and workouts. You know what needs to be done: eating right, working out, and hitting the books. You will be busy but you are familiar with sacrifices.
  • For those of you who don’t play sports in college, things will be harder because you will be busy, some wanting to party, some even making more time for your relationship than yourself, and for some not knowing what to do. None of that will matter if your confidence starts to dwindle, if your health declines, and if your self-esteem is shot (and if you went through life being a person who got made fun of because of your weight it may be harder).

I usually promote exercises to be done in a gym environment, however, some students don’t have access to a gym or are uncomfortable working out publicly. I have provided workouts you can do while living everyday life. These will be beneficial for you to get started until you are able to use a gym.

Let’s start your journey.

Yes, walking. Easy, right? Make choices that allow you to do more of it and stay productive. When I say walking I mean some brisk walking or taking take the stairs vs using the elevator. Don’t park so close to the school building. The farther away, the more steps you take and more steps are good! Walking helps with endurance, can increase cardiovascular health, helps with weight loss and overall health. Remember to walk at different paces, and increasing the intensity by walking uphill (using the stairs) or walking downhill.

Use your books as weights

Many college students are on a tight budget and this means they don’t want to spend money if they don’t have to. Use your textbooks as weights. They are going to be heavy, so make use of them. Good exercises using textbooks include Russian Twist (good abdominal exercise), Chest press (good chest exercise), shoulder press (good shoulder exercise) and adding them to your planks (which is good for abdominals, legs, arms).You can alway reach out to me to discuss methods that would help you as well.

Now let’s talk about some cool down ideas…

I shared this information because I have a background that helps me understand why fitness in college is so important. Many aspects about how you handle your health during college affect you later in life.  I don’t want you to end up in the situation I was in because it wasn’t fun and I didn’t put myself first. As some say, “you might not care now, but sooner or later it is bound to mean something to you”. I know what it is like to go from being an athlete in great shape to losing all your confidence during college due to weight gain. I lost my weight and I am now with determined; No more excuses and always putting my health first!

My name is Shay-lon Moss, I graduated in Exercise Science and have been a fitness/health blogger for two years. I enjoy playing sports and currently reside in Ohio where I hope to continue my education and work on becoming certified in personal training. I have written for Muscle and Fitness magazine among other online sites and blog sites. 

Interested in reading more post from Shay-lon? Follow her blog!

Also, see:

No gym, no weights? No excuses: This physical trainer adapts his program for people on the go

Yoga with Adriene

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8 thoughts on “Guest Post: College & Fitness

  1. This turned out to be an awesome post!
    I hope it becomes helpful to others, I am sharing it on my social media and also posting it on my blog for others to see as well! I hope that you get more of a community coming because your blog has good content! 😀


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    • This is a super useful post Shay! As you know I’m starting university soon and to be honest I have been way more preoccupied with other things like where I’ll live and what I’ll eat and packing of course but this has got me thinking. I have been doing yoga to stay active but unfortunately I may not have much time for that when I’m in university and I like your tips! They’re very helpful and doable!

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      • Yes, very doable! nothing I listed cannot be used for any student. Hell it fits your lifestyle. I hope that you find a way to incorporate yoga as part of your daily activities, even if only for 5 minutes. Stay on a routine and it will help 😀

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        • Yeah I think routine is very important and if you don’t have a good routine you’re not going to have a good life. I really hope I can keep doing Yoga even for a few minutes and even if I can’t do it every day maybe I can do it like 3 time a week.

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      • Yoga is one of my favorite things to do. That and stretching are super easy to incorporate into a daily routine. Definitely look on YouTube for short yoga videos. Yoga with Adriene has some great videos!

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        • Yeah it’s simple and fun! And it’s helped me calm down too! Ooh okay I will check it out thanks for the recommendation! My best friends mum is a Yoga instructor so I usually just learn from her but I’m sure the videos will be really helpful too!


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