Chances are that if you attend FIT, your whole week consists of a maximum of 21 credits of classes, internships, work-study, clubs/associations, leadership activities, meetings, events etc. Being in a creative yet business-oriented environment 24/7 can influence you to take on more than you can handle – which is important to realize. Regardless of the goals we set for ourselves and the social standard we choose to accept, it is crucial we put ourselves first – specifically our health. Whether running to Brooklyn Bagel on 25th and 8th during a class break or inhabiting Starbucks the whole day, squeezing in fitness into a busy schedule is the least you can do. Here are some fitness tips for busy people on the go:
Take the Escalator/Stairs: Believe me, I KNOW how tempting it is to take the elevator everywhere you go, but taking the stairs or escalator can make a big difference. Avoiding the tremendous influx of students trying to make it to class on time beats wasting time in a sea of people. Burn some calories by climbing the steps to your next class and you’d be surprised to see the results in your toned calf muscles.
Utilize Time Between Classes: The best piece of advice I can give is to use your time wisely! Those couple of hours’ in-between classes are VITAL. After class, get your work-out on by heading down to the fitness center in the basement of the Dubinsky building for a few hours. Prepare in advance by bringing a gym bag with a water bottle and a change of clothes for your next class. Going to class and working out in-between is a great stress-reliever and motivation to maintain your physique.
Time Yourself: Depending on where you live, it may be simple stroll or a struggle to get to school every day. Most recently, I have discovered it is possible to get to school under 10 minutes from Kaufman Hall, FIT’s upperclassmen dorms on 31st I encourage everyone to put their phones to good use and motivate themselves by using a stopwatch. I time myself when speed-walking to school as a fun challenge that focuses on my lower extremities and core at the same time. That way, I am working on my fitness and getting to class on time, at the same time!
When it comes to not having the luxury of free time, I believe in making time. Push yourself to the limit and test yourself with personal challenges and utilizing your free time to the fullest. Your body will thank you in the long run.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! Food & family, what’s better than that right!? As we all are beginning to regret our holiday indulgences, just remember that winter break is among us! As the year comes to an end, I’m challenging myself to stay healthy during this holiday season! Here are a few tips I’m finding helpful and hopefully will inspire you to join me as well!
1. WAKE UP and GO! – Waking up a little bit earlier than usual to get a head start on the day can really help you out! Mornings are perfect for a calm and relaxing jog or walk to wake up your muscles. You get your workout in and have plenty of time for getting all the busy holiday stuff done during the day!
2. Use yourself, not the gym! – Gyms can be intimidating if you are not used to working out on a daily basis, but to stay healthy high-tech, state-of-the-art machines aren’t necessary! Use your own bodyweight to work yourself out. Push-ups, crunches, squats, and jumping jacks here and there is all you need (or even try lifting leftover cans of cranberry sauce and gravy ☻)
3. Don’t deprive yourself from holiday meals! – With all of the tasty treats on the holiday table, it’s hard not to give in! You should never deprive yourself from enjoying your favorite holiday foods. Eat up, but limit yourself to one serving. Once you’re done, put the rest in a container and slide it in the fridge. You’ll be less likely to dig in for seconds when the food is already put away.
Its only been 17 days and I’ve been spending my days getting used to my new university and apartment. During this adaptation time I have been able to appreciate FIT in a whole other aspect. Here I have compiled a brief list of things I never noticed and can’t seem to stop missing, for those that say small things don’t matter its all about perspective.
Vending Machines that accept Credit/Debit Cards: here if you don’t have exact change you will starve or die of thirst (guaranteed).
Escalators: my legs are so sore because in Italy the first floor is actually the second so as you can see on top of my morning hike I have no choice but to keep on going (iron thighs coming up).
Mail/Package Notifications: getting those e-mails were sometimes the best part of my day (unexpected surprise), now I have to go to school and check on this archive under my last name through everyone else’s papers to see if I got something.
Weight room: as long as it is free you can get yourself weighed at the Health Center, unfortunately I had to buy my own scale and in kilos ( it does cut my official number in half so haha it might not be thaaat bad).
Gym classes are included in your tuition: we have such variety back home that having to pay 90 euros just for yoga (no offense yogis) once a week drives me absolutely crazy.
Massages & Acupuncture: you might not believe it but it is also included in your tuition 12 sessions of your preference one on one with a specialist. This is just not happening here.
Angel: While I always complain about it (every single semester, yes I’m sorry they need to make this better) I can check my grades daily and get constant updates. In this case I guess I will find out after my midterm and just be completely sure when the semester is over.
On the side, my birthday was this week and it was just amazing. Auguri to me on my 23rd birthday! I share some photos because even though I miss some things others are just way better here (gelatto, pizza, wine, nutella and the list goes on).
The Happiness of a cake completely covered in Nutella
We were pretty excited to be at The Pantheon for my bday!
Remember: We can either have results or excuses. Not both.
If the New York City wind chill factor makes you run for cover instead of to the gym, you can exercise indoors! Workout DVD’s and fitness channels on YouTube are lifesavers. All you need is a good pair of sneakers, some comfy lounge gear, and a bottle of H2o.