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College Life 101: How To Reduce Stress in College

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Updated July 06, 2014

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Regular Exercise
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Getting regular exercise is easier when you join a class to make it a regular part of your schedule.

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One of the best ways to combat stress--as well as weight gain and frustration—is to get regular exercise. Even if you’re only able to work out in 10-minute increments, exercise can elevate your mood, release tension, and help keep your body healthy. And if you get in the habit of exercising regularly now, this can serve you for the rest of your life. Here are some ideas you can use to fit more exercise into your schedule:

  • Walk When You Can
    Campus life often offers options for walking, and you should take full advantage of them! Taking a walk around campus between classes, or walking (instead of driving) to a friend’s house if it’s close are two ideas. If you look for them, walking opportunities will crop up everywhere.

  • Try Yoga
    Providing excellent relaxation and total health benefits, yoga is a great form of exercise for college students. Yoga classes are offered at many college gyms, and can be a fun way to relax with friends. Yoga can also be done in the morning or before bed, accommodating a busy college schedule.

  • Take Classes
    One of the best things about college life is that there are so many amazing opportunities for growth and new experience—including gym and P.E. classes! If you’re bored with 30 minutes of stairmaster, why not try martial arts, salsa dancing, or kickboxing classes? Look into what’s available, and have a great time. It’s an excellent way to relieve stress and stay healthy!
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