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Overcoming the Obstacles to Exercise in University

We’re told to buckle down and study, to focus on reading, getting enough sleep, and making good personal decisions. What we often neglect, however, is the matter of exercise in university.

But really, with all we’ve got going on, do we need to exercise? At the end of the day many students just want to just go back to their student accommodation and fall into bed. Who has the energy for exercise?

Well, we know that everything needs care and maintenance, our car, home, and our bodies. If we neglect these then we will almost certainly have problems down the line. That’s a given, isn’t it? Not only that, but exercise offers a positive outlook, a healthy demeanour and a vibrant brain – things we need while we’re in varsity!

We know that we need to exercise, but sometimes there are too many obstacles which prevent this essential part of our health from happening.

Obstacles to Exercise in University

  • “I can’t afford a gym”

Perhaps there is no gym close-by, or you simply don’t have the funds for a membership – it happens. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise. Here in South Africa we are blessed with great weather and open spaces so a run in a nearby park or on the beach is an option. Perhaps ask others in your circle what they do to stay fit, they may have ideas that you haven’t considered. Even a set of weights in your hostel room can help nudge you in the right direction.

  • “I don’t like exercising alone.”

This is a real problem for many people – but the answer is simple: find an exercise buddy.

There are sure to be people around you who also want to stay healthy and fit so go and find them.

  • “I don’t have the time.”

It’s been said that if you don’t make time for your health then you’ll have to make time for illness later. Who wants that?

The trick is to have a routine, a schedule which allows you to buy out the time for the more important things. Yes, you need to study, but you also need to move your body. Stick it in your schedule.

  • “I always fall off the wagon.”

Yes, we will almost certainly experience setbacks. But if you expect them and anticipate how to work around them (or go through them!) then you won’t see them as failures. Things don’t always go to plan, but if you’re getting it right more often than not, then you’re winning.

There will always be a hundred reasons not to exercise, and dozens of obstacles which will keep raising their heads. But if you’re determined to get and stay healthy and enjoy the benefits of a strong mind and body, then you’ll work through these and emerge a winner!