Many graduates find that staying in shape after they graduate from college is not as easy as they thought it was going to be. There are many factors for this, most of which are just aspects of adult life that you need to learn how to deal with. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.
Where Can You Exercise?
When you were in college, you had access to a free gym and a wide variety of equipment from which to choose. However, this isn’t necessarily the case when you graduate. If you’re lucky, you’ll move into an apartment complex that has an onsite gym or get hired by an employer that offers exercise facilities. However, if none of these happen, you’ll have to find alternative solutions. These may be doing bodyweight exercises instead of machine exercises. Bodyweight workouts can be performed virtually anywhere. You can also do cardio exercise at virtually any park where you live. Be creative, but most importantly, be active.
Can’t Quit the Gym, But Can’t Afford It Either?
If this sounds like you then you will have to find a way to trim a bit from your monthly budget so that you can still afford your gym membership. One easy way to do this is to refinance your multiple student loans into a single loan that you can more easily afford. A private lender can consolidate them and save you on the interest rates you are currently paying. You can quickly check your interest rate and compare it to your older one to see the amount of savings you could enjoy. In fact, the savings could be enough that they will pay for your gym membership all by themselves and you won’t have to make any adjustments to your lifestyle at all.
Your New Schedule
When you start your career, your schedule will be much less flexible than it was when you were in college. This means that while you may not have the opportunity to exercise at the same time every day, you will still be able to exercise, you just have to be able to make adjustments where necessary. Try exercising in split shifts so that you still get your full workout, just at different times. Some people who work from home have even been known to get their workouts in while there are performing their work duties.
You’ve probably heard this before, but it should be stated again to take breaks from sitting at your desk in front of the computer. Get up and walk around or do stretches if possible. Every little bit helps and they can go a long way towards relieving back pain and keeping you limber.
It’s just a natural part of life that your priorities will change. However, while it may not be at the top of your list anymore, you should still keep it somewhere near the top. Staying active and fit can help keep you more alert at work, fend off weight gain, and a host of other benefits.
With the changing health insurance landscape, proving that you are staying active can also result in lower health insurance premiums. This is a great way to save money consistently while feeling good about yourself as well. Some employers give bonuses for enrolling in health-conscious programs. Ask if yours does.