If you’re anything like me, then you know that laziness and being busy are not a good mix when it comes to exercising and staying shape. It’s a sad excuse to be out of shape on campus, especially because we have access to a full gym. Whether you don’t have time to squeeze in a beneficial workout, or just the thought of exercising is nauseating, there are simply ways that you can spice up your daily routine to work your body.

1. Walk/bike

If you don’t have a car, you have a perfect opportunity to get your heart rate up by walking or biking instead of taking the shuttle. If you do have a car, park far away or ditch your ride for a pair of comfy walking shoes. Have extra time on your hands? Try a longer route and enjoy the scenery while you’re at it. The I’m-running-late-for-class-but-I-don’t-want-to-run fast walk can also be a way to exercise without even realizing it. [Note: HawkcHill does not condone being late to class for the sake of exercise.]

 

2. Stairs, stairs, stairs: Hawk Hill didn’t get its nickname for no reason. I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s nearly impossible to get around campus without walking on an incline or climbing up an endless amount of stairs. Sometimes I take a path with more stairs just to add a little cardio whether I’m on my way to class or Campion or Starbucks. Also, try to avoid the elevator!

 

3. Stand: It is so easy to allow yourself to pop-a-squat after walking around all day, but standing up is a lot better for your body. Sitting down for long periods of time can be harmful to your body, while standing increases energy levels, burns extra calories, improves posture, and strengthens muscles. We spend so much time in stagnant positions that we don’t realize how simply standing can improve how we feel on a daily basis.

4. Yoga

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Forcing your body out of its comfort zone is also a good way to stay fit. You don’t need to twist your body into a pretzel shape to achieve this; there are many different kinds of yoga that help to build flexibility, strength, and the magical art of relaxation, which I’m sure we could all use!

 

5. Eat Right: Working out isn’t the only thing that keeps your body healthy; it’s only a piece of the puzzle. Eating the right vitamins and proteins and avoiding greasy, fast foods can be just as important. Staying hydrated is equally as important!

6. Explore: We live in one of the most beautiful cities in America, so go out and see what it has to offer! There are so many different activities in center city that you can try: check out some world-famous artists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, take a refreshing hike or calming stroll at Fairmount Park, or simply shop until you drop!

 

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7. DANCE: Last but not least, burn off some extra calories by doing something we all know how to do: Dance! You don’t have to be Maddie Ziegler to bust a move. Go to a club with your friends or blast some tunes in your apartment and dance like there’s no tomorrow.

 

-Kaitlyn Patterson

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Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Patterson, and I am a freshman Communications major at Saint Joseph's University. I am the Creative Director and frequent writer for The Hawk Newspaper and I am a member of the SJU Green Fund.

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