Exercise is a great way to release endorphins and stress, however, becoming a student will tighten your student budget making certain activities less accessible. We have found cheap exercise for students and some great ideas to keep you healthy in body and mind.
Yoga is a brilliant type of exercise. It strengthens your core muscles as well as improves balance and posture. It is also free! You can buy a DVD to help you learn the basic poses, meditation and breathing techniques and then you can take this information to continue on your own. Look out for classes at your local gym that are on offer, or even deals online with Wowcher and Groupon.
If you don’t live in halls (Have a look at what you need to know about Halls, here) investing in a bike will save you a lot of money on travel and keep you fit. Bikes will save more compared to driving a car, without having to pay road tax, insurance, MOT and petrol. Research the type of route you will be taking to university and find the best bike for your journey. Look for big brands or outdoor specialist shops as they may even take student discount!
Most universities have a gym, and this will be perfect for any students living in halls. The gym membership will be discounted for students, and the facilities will be right outside your door! As it is on campus, it is easier to quickly pop to the gym for a workout to fit around your studies and university lifestyle. It may even have really flexible opening times!
If you don’t have a gym on campus, then investigate the gyms in your local town or area. The new year may bring some extra discounts than any other time as this is when people are most health-conscious. If not you can always ask if they have a student discount scheme.
If the gym membership is too much for your pocket, look into swimming at your closest leisure centre as a pay as you go may work out cheaper than a full membership. You may find that during busy exam season you won’t find time to attend and you want to make the most out of the payments as you can.
The outdoors is free! You can take up running or jogging and plan your own route. The best thing about doing it on your own is that you can pick it up at any time, without having to work to appointments with personal trainers or the gym opening times.
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