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Keeping Fit at Uni

By ShardulRLA 04 Dec 2020

Greetings, to all my fellow CUites. I hope everyone is doing well in these challenging times. I am a 3rd year student at Cardiff University, but I have been in Cardiff for almost 5 years now. I am an international student, so back home in India, I used to be an athlete and a professional cricket player. Coming to Cardiff for my studies was one of the best things that happened to me. But coming to Cardiff took a big toll on my fitness levels and I became highly unfit. Now after 5 years I am finally back on track and back up to my fitness levels.

This journey of 5 years in Cardiff made me realize that it just takes that one day to make or break everything. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to write about the importance of fitness while you are studying at University and highlight its advantages.

With everything going online, it seems that we would barely leave our chairs and just stay glued to our screens. As important as it is to attend all your classes now which are available right on your screens, this is going to make us lazier and lazier. It is of utmost importance that we realize this and take actions to take good care of our body and general wellbeing.

Working out doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hit the gym or do some heavy lifting. A 5-minute stretch or a 15-minute brisk walk counts as a work out too. Working out doesn’t only help you keep your body fit but it is also an integral part of keeping your mind healthy. With the increase in social media influence and awareness about fitness, it is no news to anyone how important fitness is. But most of the students at university choose to turn a blind eye to it and push working out for later and end up never doing it at all.

The problem here is our body becoming lazy. The first day when you go for a run you feel super energetic and finally feel that you are on the path to fitness. But come the next day, your body feels so lazy that you just say to yourself “it’s okay I will rest for today and do it tomorrow”. I am sure most of you can relate to this. And this is the point where it all breaks down. This is where we must overcome what our mind thinks it wants, and push our self out of the bed and into our shoes.

It is scientifically proven that it takes 21 days to get used to something and about 66 days to form a habit. And as you all know, forming a good habit is always more difficult than forming a bad habit. That is because good habits put your body out of its comfort zone. Out of the 24 hours you have in the day you can easily manage to take out 30 to 45 minutes for your body.

When you are at university, you spend a lot of time alone in your room. Given the current situation, people are encouraged to get out more and meet others while maintaining social distance and taking proper safety precautions. In such situations, it’s a good idea to make the most of it and go for some outdoor exercises in the fresh air to rejuvenate yourself. This can be done by yourself or with friends provided you follow the safety rules. It is easy to drift away and neglect your body health. And what happens is the time at university flies by so quickly that you don’t realize how you lost control over your body.

There are tons of exercise routines available online. You can find a routine that fits your specifications and your goals. It is said that “what works for you doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for someone else”. This is true when it comes to exercise as some might feel good in the morning while some might have energy in the evening. Everyone has their own body strengths and weaknesses and it is important for you to realise what your body needs.

Working out doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work to have a good fitness level but working out is a form of meditation which helps you in many ways. The drawback is we don’t see results immediately and that gets frustrating and thus most stop working out.

My purpose for writing this was to make everyone aware that it is very easy to slip and lose the will to exercise and given the current situation where you can’t really go to classes, there would be far less physical activity. Make a conscious effort to stretch out every now and again.

There are a ton of workout routines that you could find online on YouTube or Google that could fit your requirements. Our university has its own personal sports facility that is worth having a look. There are many sports societies at the university which offer a wide range of different sports activities. Playing sports does not necessarily mean you have to be competitive about it. Sports is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If nothing works out, look out for my next blog where I will recommend some basic workout routines that you can do in your room.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Take care.   


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