It’s easy to be active while you’re attending college. You walk to your different classes, walk to/from the bus stop, and have access to sports, intramurals, fitness classes, and a recreation facility. There’s no excuse not to be active!
That can all change after you graduate. Suddenly, you may find yourself with a 9-5 job, a commute, and multiple errands that require driving around. This shift can be very abrupt, but it is absolutely crucial that you make activity and regular exercise a priority as you get older.
As you get older, you have to deal with slower metabolisms and increasing demands on your time as spouses and children often enter the picture. Staying active can keep you energized throughout your day and may help you stay disciplined in other aspects of your life.
Here are a few tips to stay active after you graduate from IU:
- Consider living close to your job, so you can walk or bike to work. Or, at the very least, park farther away so it takes a few more minutes to get inside.
- Consider joining a local gym. When choosing a gym, make sure you are fully aware of the upfront costs and membership requirements. Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers what gyms they use/prefer. And, always chose a gym that’s convenient in terms of location. If it’s out of your way, you won’t go there. I know that from personal experience.
- Take hourly standing and/or walking breaks at work. Make an effort to walk over and talk to people in person instead of sending emails or calling them on the phone. Also, drink lots of water so you have an excuse to get up and walk to the restroom.
- Unless you have a major health issue, there is really no need to take the elevator. Take the stairs whenever possible.
- Try to get a standing desk. Some desk can be quickly adjusted so you can sit or stand, depending on how your body is feeling.
- If the weather is nice, try to leave your desk 1-3 times while you’re at work, go outside, and take a 5-10 minute walking break.
Here’s to an active lifestyle!
Miriam Boyken is a third-year graduate student at Indiana University. She is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Kinesiology with emphases in Applied Sport Science and Physical Activity, Fitness, & Wellness. She recently started her own personal training business and hopes to grow it by leaps and bounds after she graduates in 2016. She is also happily married and enjoys distance running.
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