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It’s that time of the year again. Over the next few months, Universities across the country will be hosting their annual Freshers Week (or Freshers fortnight if you’re lucky). Freshers is a great opportunity to make new friends and settle into university life. However, late nights, takeaways, microwave meals and alcohol aren’t the best for your health and fitness. No surprises there. Luckily, we’re here to help you out with our fresher’s fitness survival guide.
Here are our 5 top tips for staying healthy while still making the most of your fresher’s experience.
Join a Sports Club
Joining a sports club is not only a great way to keep fit, but they tend to be some of the most sociable societies on campus, so it’s a great way to make friends outside of your flat. Try out all the taster sessions and find something you enjoy. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro netball player or the next Harry Kane, most sports clubs will have a beginner’s team so you can work on your skills without the pressure.
Have home cooked meals pre-prepared
You probably won’t have loads of time to cook during fresher’s week so make some meals before you go and throw them in the freezer when you get there. That way you’ve got some healthy, budget-friendly meals that you can just pop in the microwave and eat quickly before heading out.
Do a quick at home HIIT session
Don’t feel like hitting the gym everyday? Or haven't had chance to sign up at your new local gymnasium? You can still get some exercise in. Find a quick HIIT or body weight workout and do it in your room. You don’t need to spend ages exercising, just 20 minutes will be enough to get a sweat on and is sure to leave you feeling energised.
Drink plenty of water
Making sure you are hydrated is really important when it comes to flushing your body of the bad stuff – especially if your nights are spent drinking lots of alcohol and indulging in 3 am fast food... Always have a bottle of water on you when you’re out during the day, and keep a bottle of water next to your bed so you can grab a drink when you get back from a night out – trust us, you will thank yourself the next day.
Have a fruit bowl in your bedroom
Getting your fruit and veg can be tough. You’ll soon learn that buying veggies for one and eating them all before they start growing mould is a challenge in itself. However, if you keep a fruit bowl in your room and keep it topped up, you always have a snack on hand that’s going to get you one step closer to hitting your 5 a day.
To all the 2018 freshers, good luck! You’re going to smash it. If you’ve been there, done that and more than likely got the t-shirt (literally), let us know your top tips for staying healthy during freshers in the comments below and go and check out our Fresher's Essentials to smash your first few weeks!
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