3 Things I do on Campus to Stay Active

But first: Creating my blog = Greatest decision ever!

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively.
“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
– Trina Paulus

This is my 6th post and I have been itching to write something new. Last time I mentioned I’d be writing less because of finals coming up and needing to study. That’s because I am a slow learner and need to study twice as much as the next person in order to get good grades! But I’ve found what works for me is a little thing called REPETITION.

Like hard core, do the same exact math problem 25 times kinda repetition. I literally filled up a 3 subject notebook in the first month of class >.< I have never done so much math in my life. I can’t even believe I know how to do some of this stuff, esp because I am the one who whips out her phone to calculate the tip at a restaurant.

[SIDENOTE] I know, you move the decimal…or something…do you know how many people have tried to teach me how to do this w/out my phone calculator?? No! I don’t want to. I want my phone calculator.

All the studying is taking a lot of time and energy, but that’s ok because I’m making better grades & that’s the first thing PT schools look at :))

What I do on campus in order to maintain some level of activity:

1. Walk: I make sure I park far away from my classes so I end up walking a lot throughout the day. As a student, sitting down all day, the more you are up and walking, the better! [only do this during the day when its safer…I’m parked right up on the building if I have night classes]

[FUN FACT:] In the hospital, after you have surgery, they try to get you up and walking that same day so that you can activate your muscles, prevent DVT (aka blood clot), & get the blood flowing bc it promotes tissue healing!

2. Stairs: When you use the bathroom, use the upstairs bathroom so you’re doing extra work & using different muscles. Also, randomly get up from wherever you’re studying and go up and down the stairs a few times throughout the day. Will people think you’re weird for this? Yup. Will your ass look better? Yup.

3. Use what you got: There is a track at my school and I go walk a few laps and talk to someone from my inner circle (aka fam/specific friends/boyfriend) on the phone. Whoever said multitasking was bad for you just didn’t know how to do it right.

[SIDENOTE] Post on the importance of your Inner Circle coming soon!

These 3 things keep me active but don’t get me too sweaty for when I’m on campus all day.

P.S. I am absolutely loving life right now. It is amazing how pursuing something and going 100% ALL IN can make you the happiest you’ve ever been. I hope you guys are happy too. If not, I hope you change whatever it is in your life that is making you unhappy. You deserve to wake up happy and excited for your day.

I’m off to make a hot cup of chamomile and drench my hair in coconut oil for some much needed deep conditioning :))

What keeps you motivated to keep pushing for your goals? Anything you like to remember when you’re going through a tough time? What gives you that extra push?

72 thoughts on “3 Things I do on Campus to Stay Active

  1. When I was in college, I didn’t have a car. No choice but to walk. And it was a very cold place (and snowy) in the winter. Plus the dorms and classroom were separated by a 1/4 mile walk (that was just to get from one side to the other, you also had to walk to get to the 1/4 mile and to your classroom, of course).

    It was 30+ years ago and of course it was uphill in the snow both ways. 🙂

  2. Short-term vs long-term gratification. I’m in it for the long haul, so I don’t let short-term gratification derail my long-term goals. They are typically the more important, life-improving goals that are worth some sacrifice for.

  3. I’m loving the enthusiasm of your posts! Staying active by using what you have around you is a great thing – and it is easier on the budget than getting one of those expensive gym passes 😉 I love going for walks

  4. Love the tips! And I agree find something you love and go all in. I did that with triathlon training and it changed my life. Never been happier 🙂 I just got home from PT… good luck with the studying 🙂

    1. I have always been impressed by triathlon – not only are you guys incredibly fit, but you also have the best time management (like during transitions!). Glad to hear of your success with it. Thx for commenting :))

  5. I thought that would help
    I tell you a secret
    It took most of my adult life
    To learn how to add, subtract,multiple,and divide
    It just didn’t make any sense till I could apply it to my daily life
    patience my friend
    And never let them see you sweat
    As always Sheldon

  6. Jess! you already have 38 likes on this post and this is only your 6th post! okay miss popular thing! lol. uhm.. I am so happy you have been keeping up with the blog! also very proud of you for sticking with it during school and getting good grades (which I suck at math) I almost didn’t graduate because of it! lol. – ONE of the MOST nerve wrecking times of my life. I finally had to break down and use my cousin as a tutor, otherwise I would have failed and never graduated.

    Also, I am looking forward to learning about your “inner circle”, that will be a good post.
    You should write about your internships, clinicals too! lol. I think that would be fun, more work, but probably fun, you should also talk about exercise science! hahahahaha only because I am bias. LOL.

    You do a very good job of writing on your blog Jess, this may become a full time job for you, writing 🙂 haha


    1. Lol shay-lon you are so crazy & these comments are making me laugh! You are SO encouraging :))
      And I know exaaaactly what you mean by grades being nerve racking – I also almost didn’t graduate. It was not pretty. But see, we both turned it around!
      & thx for the suggestions – I will do my best to meet all expectations – even biased ones Lol
      I am enjoying blogging & will prob continue as long as it’s this fun :)) Thank you for bringing all that happy & all that positivity over here <3

  7. Hey there! I loved this post!! You have such a good mindset about doing the little things to make a larger difference, and I admire that a ton! More people should take this kind of proactive and positive approach to keeping themselves accountable fitness wise, even with something as hectic as a busy schedule. 🙂

    Thanks also for following and liking my posts, and I will be mor than happy to follow you too!

  8. What keeps me motivated = being around good people, friends, family. It’s so important. also being around people who are positive like you.

    And keep it moving !

  9. Jess – You are writing one of my favorite new blogs. You give me the information I can use in my daily life and you always put a smile on my face. How I wish you were in our city for PT. Tom and I both have prescriptions for new physical therapy. For a new blogger, you are a positive breath of fresh air. I may not get often, but I will get here. Sheri

    1. Aww, Sheri, get here anytime you can/want! I’m also glad you’re both going to physical therapy. I have a lot of faith in it as a way to help people move easier in their regular lives. I hope it does some good for you and Tom too. Thank you for the kind words – you know how to make a girl smile!

  10. Wow, the university I went to had a campus gym and you had to pay for a membership with your tuition every semester. They also offered classes that would give you 1 credit to encourage people to stay fit, stuff from pool table to ping pong to belly dancing haha. Looks like you got it all down to a T though so I definitely admire that

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