Keeping fit in Student Accommodation

Hitting the gym requires cash and commitment more than anything else, but treadmills and expensive classes aren’t the only way to stay in shape.

Staying fit for free is easier than you might think as there’s plenty of ways to become more active which, dare we say it, are fun and are a great way to look after both your physical and mental health.

You can even double up with your flatmates to help boost motivation and consistency. Whether it’s taking walks or making use of the space and equipment around you, there’s so much you can do while sticking to your student budget.

So, what are you waiting for? Below, check out six easy ways you can stay fit for free at uni.

Adopt Healthy Eating Habits: So, you’re thinking about making some tweaks to your diet, huh? Well, no need to stress about it! Healthy eating doesn’t mean bidding farewell to your favourite treats. How about this: whip up some homemade lunches during the week—think sandwiches, salads, or pasta. Not only will you save some cash, but you’ll also feel top-notch. And hey, those weekend indulgences? Totally allowed! Balance is key.

Drink Water Over Fizzy Drinks: Ah, hydration—so essential yet often overlooked. If you’re guzzling down fizzy drinks like there’s no tomorrow, maybe it’s time to switch things up. Water’s the real MVP here. It’s not only wallet-friendly but also does wonders for your body, keeping you hydrated and energized, especially during those marathon study sessions. Plus, it’s practically free! Cheers to that!

Go on Walks with Flatmates or Friends: Picture this: a leisurely stroll with your buddies, soaking in the scenery and making memories along the way. Sounds blissful, doesn’t it? Walking is a fantastic way to keep active without breaking a sweat (unless you’re power-walking, of course!). And if you’re up for some adventure, the National Trust website has your back with scenic routes galore.

Join a Uni Sports Club or Society: Want to stay fit, make pals, and do it all without spending a dime? Look no further than joining a sports club at uni. Whether you’re into football, netball, or even cheerleading, it’s a golden opportunity to try something new while expanding your social circle. Win-win!

Try Yoga: Feeling a bit Zen? Yoga might be just what the doctor ordered. It’s all about finding your inner chill and giving those muscles a well-deserved stretch. Need a starting point? Yoga with Adriene on YouTube is a treasure trove of calming practices. Dive into her ‘Yoga For Beginners’ series and unwind like a pro.

Work Out From Home: Who needs a fancy gym when you’ve got your humble abode? There’s a world of workouts waiting for you right in your living room. Check out some fitness YouTubers like Joe Wicks, Chloe Ting, or Fitness Blender for some serious sweat sessions. Whether you’re craving cardio or aiming for gains, they’ve got you covered. Time to get movin’ and groovin’!

These six ideas will make you feel great both physically and mentally, but just remember it is about having fun with it. If it feels like an chore, then you going to resent it. Keep it fun and simple.