Commentary: STU you even lift?

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Students have access to the J.B. O’Keefe gym on campus (Megan Cooke/AQ)

Coming to university sucks. Yeah, you move out, and I guess you’re learning some life skills, but there’s also no one to stop you from eating a box of Reese Puffs and a Big Mac meal when you’re bored. Pounds are waiting behind the trees in the courtyard for when you’re most vulnerable.

Luckily, you’ve come to a place, maybe not the right one, but you’re here. So, keep reading because I’ve got some tips for you to put your university career to good use. Just remember, I’m not a physician. Please consult your doctor before you make any drastic changes. Anyway, on with those tips.

You’d be surprised how much walking can help your overall health. Walking to class, to the bus, and to the bar (especially in heels – although guys can skip that) will help you lose or avoid unwanted weight. You can go for a walk almost everywhere. If it’s too cold outside, STU has a gym. You already paid for it, you might as well use it. Grab a treadmill and do what you can, or join one of the classes they offer. Every little bit helps. Plus, if people see you at the gym they’ll think you’re healthy person. That image won’t make you any healthier, but it’ll make you feel better. Remember, reputation is half the battle.

Squats are perfect for pretty much every reason. Not only do they tone legs and give you a sexy booty, but they don’t require equipment or a large space. Same for calf raises and lunges. If you’re really into things like dips, use your bed. It’s already there (hopefully).

This is going to be the hard part for many students – eat healthy(ish). I know, it’s hard. Calories are hidden in everything (except water) and living on campus means options are limited, especially if you don’t have a car. Grab a salad at the caf or buy fresh veggies when you go grocery shopping. Eating healthy isn’t that expensive when you share with a roommate. Crunching on baby carrots when you’re in class may annoy your profs, but it’s a healthier option than chips or a chocolate bar.

Never forget the basics. Jumping jacks, planks and push-ups are still mentioned in almost every workout plan because they work. Some moves will be harder than others. I might be able to do 15 push-ups before I start sobbing uncontrollably and ask for my mom. But, if you stick to it, you will get better. The muscle has to build up, that can only happen if you keep trying.

At the end of the day, believe in yourself. It takes a while to see a difference, so don’t give up when you don’t see a change. Stick to realistic goals and remember to challenge yourself. At the end of the day, it’s your body. Don’t forget to love it.

Now you’re ready for this jelly.

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