Someone’s been putting these up in school and I think I know who it is but it makes me so happy to see these up! #stophatingyourbody
It’s that time of year again! A good amount of us are heading back to school, or have already started, and the days of having nothing to do but plan our meals and get ready for our next run are behind us!
Here are some tips for staying active and keeping on track while you’re at Uni or College~
- Prepare your meals and snacks. Set aside a time each night to spend a few minutes planning out the next day. If you’re living at home pack some healthy snacks, like carrots and hummus, snap peas, sliced bell peppers, light popcorn, berries, or other fruits. If you’re living in a dorm, try to be aware of the food options available to you. Know when meals will be served, and what the options tend to be. Go for the salad bar in for school offers one! If you have a lot vending machines around you, look for low-cal options or snacks that are nutrient dense. Think Fiber One bars, or nuts, like almonds.
- Learn proper portion sizes. We all think we know our portion sizes well, and some of use might, but when you’re in a rush or have started stress eating, it’s easy to under estimate what’s on your plate. Remember to look at your hand! Here are some quick tips: 3oz is about the width and thickness of your palm, 1-2oz fits into your cupped palm, 1 teaspoon is about the size of your finger tip to the first joint, and 1 cup looks like your loosely closed fist.
- Eat your meals free from distraction. Eating meals and snacking when your distracted can lead to consuming a lot of empty calories. Make a separate space for eating, and set time aside to nourish your body. Put away the laptop, close your textbook, and turn off the TV. Nourishing your body needs to be a priority.
- Eat breakfast. You can’t study well and stay focused if your brain is running on fumes! Have a breakfast rich in fiber to help keep you fuller longer (no rumbling tummies in first class!).
- Skip the booze, reach for water. We all know how important water is, but it’s important to remember that drinking other things should happen in moderation, especially alcoholic drinks. Empty calories, bloating, and hang overs in class can all make for a bad semester. Make water you default and you can’t go wrong!
- Don’t skip meals. Like I said above, it’s important that we nourish our bodies. Every time we eat, we have an opportunity to make healthy choices for our insides. Skipping meals won’t do anything good for you. In fact, you’ll just have a hard time focusing, and will end up being hangry before you know it.
- Focus on fruits and vegetables. While it might seem hard, fitting fruits and vegetables into your day can help keep you full and make sure that you’re getting all the essential vitamins and minerals.
- Walk to class. Walking to class can add just a little more activity to your day, and it all adds up!
- Make a commitment to take the stairs. Elevators are nice, but just like walking, taking the stairs can keep you moving and add a nice little workout to your day.
- Look into a school gym. Most schools these days offer some kind of gym for students. This is often times free, or might be included in your tuition. If you school doesn’t have a gym, ask local gyms in the area if the offer rates for students.
- Take a workout class. If making time in your schedule for working out is hard, build it into your schedule. Take up a Pilates, yoga, weight lifting, or other fitness class, including dance classes. You’ll earn credits, have a set workout time, and meet people interested in the same fitness activities you like!
- Make sure you get enough sleep. Turn of the electronics, get in bed, and really sleep. If you need to, take a nap for about 20 minutes, then give yourself time to wake up again. Sit and have a cup of tea before you go right back to working.
- Ask for help. Most schools offer counseling, and have emergency resources for struggling students. Knowing when to assert yourself, ask for help, and take care of your own needs will be your biggest asset in life. Before all else, your mental, emotional, and physical health must come first.
Race season is right around the corner and you’re probably due for some new tunes! Check out our fall “Run Happy” training playlist brought to you by Brooks Running!
I’m currently at the highest weight I’ve ever been, due to stress, mental illness relapses, and not having the time/money to exercise. I’d appreciate it if people would stop sending me messages asking for information on how I “lost the weight.” First off, you’re likely looking at a before-and-after photo of someone else (tip: if there’s no cheek mole and chipped front tooth, it’s not me). Secondly, those messages make me feel like a fraud, which makes updating Back On Pointe even harder.
Wall sits until I die
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