It’s Time To Get Freshers Fit
When a big change like University is looming, it’s normal to take stock of yourself. One important consideration when assessing yourself or your lifestyle is our health. So, are you fresher’s fit? Or do you need to make some changes when term starts?
Of course, there are many ways to measure our health and well-being. Unfortunately, there is a lot of conflicting advice online and in the media about what constitutes good levels of health and fitness. Some outlets imply that the less you weigh, the healthier you are. Others say any size is fine as long as you are feeling mentally well. Some advocate certain diets or exercise regimes to ensure you are fit.
For the most honest results, it’s best to go back to basics. Below are some simple ways to measure whether you are fresher’s fit.
Body Fat & BMI
Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Simply weighing yourself can be a misleading way of establishing fitness. It does not take into account your muscle or your height, which can have a dramatic effect on the figures that appear on the screen.
To work out your BMI, divide your weight (kg) by your height (m), and then by your height again. A result between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. However, if you have a lot of muscle, this can make it appear as though you are overweight. Most gyms will have a member of staff who can measure your body fat. This will give you an overall view on your current fitness levels in terms of body fat. If you are over or underweight, this can cause strain on your organs and lead to a number of health complications.
While many fitness stars and diet plans advocate diets based on exclusion and rigid plans, this is not sustainable long term. Each meal should contain protein, carbs, and fat.
You need each of these food groups for your body to function effectively. You also need a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet to ensure that you have plenty of vitamins and minerals.
Fresh foods should be your first port of call to ensure you are getting maximum nutrients without any added salts and sugars or other sneaky ingredients that can send your diet off kilter.
Cardiovascular health is very important. As you probably know, your heart pumps blood and oxygen round to all your other organs. So it’s essential to keep it in good condition. A simple way to measure your cardio fitness is to do a good old fashioned Beep Test. You can find the audio online or in an app on your smartphone. Average results are level 7-9 for men and 6-8 for women. If you have to stop before that point, you should make your cardio fitness a priority in your workouts.
This is a key area of our health but is often ignored. As you are approaching fresher’s it is totally normal to feel nervous, excited, stressed and a bit overwhelmed. It’s a big step! However, if your emotions before, during, or after fresher’s stop you from enjoying yourself or being productive, you may need to seek some help. Some people find simply confiding in a trusted friend or relative can help relieve the burden. Others find that meditation or the endorphins released by exercise ease feelings of stress. But many university campuses have a dedicated counseling service which you may find useful.