Staying Fit and Healthy on a Student Budget

Research shows that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produces endorphins (chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers), improving the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.

People often assume that the Gym is the only way to lose weight, keep fit or tone up. For students, joining a Gym can add on an excessive cost. However, there are multiple different ways to keep fit while being a student. There are plenty of workouts that can be found on YouTube, Instagram, and even on the apple or android app store.

7-minute workout app  

With the app, you get the full body work out for free, but if you wanted to use a wider variety of exercises available at £3.99 a month. I am sure everyone can spend 7 minutes doing a little exercise! You can choose to do longer sessions but 7 minutes is nice and easy. I have always found that the free full body work out is just enough. It involves 12 different exercises, that last for a duration of 30 seconds with a 10 second break in between. The exercises involve cardio, legs, abs, glutes and arms. They are as follows:

  1. Jumping jacks
  2. Wall sit
  3. Push ups
  4. Crunches
  5. Step ups
  6. Squats
  7. Triceps dips
  8. Plank
  9. High knee running in place
  10. Lunges
  11. Push ups with rotation
  12. Side plank


YouTube – About Pam

Pamila is a blogger that also has a YouTube channel, and an App containing work outs, fitness tips and healthy lifestyle advice. One of my favourite work outs is the 10-minute Ab session. It’s designed specifically for at home, but can also be used in the gym. Click on the link and give it ago. It’s an intense work out so if you are a beginner I would suggest resting for 20-30 second’s in-between each exercise. If you have not seen some of the exercises before maybe watch the video once or twice before trying to do it yourself.

Work outs on Instagram

I’ve recently found that a lot of celebrities are beginning to post motivational fitness tips and healthy lifestyle advice. A key factor to keeping fit is getting motivated. Doing work outs at home can be more motivating than having to get ready for a gym session. Binky from Made in Chelsea often posts fitness advice and recently published a short exercise to improve your bum! Max Lowery is a personal trainer that often posts about new tasty and healthy foods to try but also shows workouts in and out of the gym. Finally, Kady McDermott has introduced a Bikini plan that can be found online, but her Instagram is very similar to Max’s. Both Kady and Max have links on their Instagram’s to their online blogs.

These are just a few ways to keep motivated and work out on a low budget. There are lots of other ways such as walking and running. Along with doing regular exercise, eating healthy is a key factor. Be aware of what you are putting in your body and try new workouts regularly by searching them on YouTube.

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Lucy Benardout

First Year student at Coventry University studying English and Creative Writing.

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