Keeping fit as a student

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If you’re at Uni, you probably safely slot into one of two categories. The first being ‘Sarah or Simon Sport’. Maybe you’re on the football team, or perhaps you’re a gym bunny, but either way, you’re passionate about all things health and fitness and actually find sports fun. The other half of you probably recoil in horror at the very idea of working out, joining a team, and the rest of it. Of course, there are some in the middle, but that’s the general consensus – you either love it or you hate it!

When I was at University, I predominantly fell into the latter category. Despite having a gym on-site in my student accommodation, I visited a total of three times. I’m not joking. I look back now and I kick myself a little bit though – I’d really rather not pay the rates you’re lumbered with after graduation, but that’s my sad little reality from now on. On the other hand, I wasn’t totally lazy whilst in my student days – I did in fact cheer on the cheerleading team, Liverpool Foxes, which I suppose kept me a lot more fit and flexible than had I not joined anything at all.

January is the ideal month to get fit, which is perfect, because your University days are also the best time to do so. You have the world at your feet, and sometimes even a free gym. At Liberty Living’s locations in Bedford, Leicester and London, you’re lucky to have a gym for use on your very own doorstep! For everyone else, you can most likely make the most of campus facilities for a student steal, and, as many people will be getting student loans right around now, you can even have a look for some January offers in local gyms.

Of course, the gym can get a little boring for a lot of people, especially if you’re anything at all like me. Sports clubs and societies can shake things up a bit and give you a little bit of incentive or something to work towards – plus, you’ll get to make friends, and maybe even compete! Most Student Unions will have a designated page on their website for all the different types of clubs out there, and if you don’t see something you like? Well, create your own! By this time of the academic year, many clubs will already be in full swing, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a taster, or perhaps observe a session. Even if there are no spaces right now, it’s a good way of finding out what you’re working towards for September.

It’s the start of the New Year so why not try out something new… good luck!

Liberty Living provides student accommodation in 17 university cities across the UK, including student accommodation in Birmingham, student accommodation in Manchester, student accommodation in Preston plus many more.

Posted on 15th October 2015 by Claire L.

Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.

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