Food and Fitness
It should be no surprise that a good diet and regular exercise are important to living well, but as a student it can be difficult to manage it all.
Here's a few tips to help you start living a healthier lifestyle.
Find the exercise for you
One of the main issues about exercise that some people run into is that they don't know where to start. What type of exercise should you choose and where do you go to do it? An advantage for all Scape students is that Scape offers you free gym facilities that you can use with all kinds of equipment. Try going with a friend if you feel intimidated, perhaps someone who already goes on a regular basis.
If you fancy a more group based exercise routine, there are numerous gyms and clubs in London that you can join to help you exercise regularly. There are even free services out there, such as Our Parks
. More simply, you can do exercise in the form of running or yoga, neither of which necessarily require any guidance or specialised equipment to do. These can be done at home or in your local park during your free time. It should also be noted that there are various hobbies you can partake in that can serve as a form of alternative exercise. These include dancing, martial arts or swimming, so you can take up one of these active hobbies to help support your exercise routine.
Food for thought
Consider what types of food you buy next time you go shopping, check the contents label of each item as you may be surprised how much saturated fat, salt or sugar you might be taking in. This is a good way to pick out the worst food in your diet and remove it, just remember that balance is everything. It is very easy to cut out key nutrients or vitamins by accident, meaning you feel worse than when you started. If you remove a type of food from your diet, it is important to replace it with a healthier substitute. If you prefer more guidance as to what you should and shouldn't eat, it may be worth following a specific dietary plan, such as the Atkins diet
. This way you will have a clear reference for the foods you can and cannot eat which will make shopping easier and help keep your diet balanced.
Ease into it
Just as you wouldn't learn to ski on the steepest mountain, you shouldn't dive head first into a rigorous exercise routine and strict diet. This can be dangerous to an unprepared body, as muscles can be strained and your digestive system can react badly. You should begin by slowly applying these changes to your lifestyle, start by subtracting a few food items from your diet for healthier substitutes and begin exercising with shorter workouts. From there, you can work your way to your full healthy diet plan and regular, sustained exercise routine. If you remain dedicated and stick to your plans, you'll be living a healthier lifestyle in no time.