How to Stay Healthy Now That You’ve Graduated
You’re a few months out of college, your new job schedule is pretty tiring, and the lack of a complimentary campus gym makes working out harder. Dealing with all the new stresses (and expenses) of adulthood can put fitness on the back burner, especially if your post-grad budget, like mine, doesn’t leave much room for a gym membership. Here are some tips for helping to keep up with a healthy lifestyle now that you’re on your own.
- Don’t rely on takeout. Yes it’s great that you’ve found the best Chinese takeout in your neighborhood, but it’s not good for your health or your wallet to order takeout multiple times a week, every week. Make regular trips to the grocery store to stay stocked with lots of fresh produce and other healthier options. If cooking after work isn’t your thing, try meal prepping on Sunday nights so you’ll have some meals ready to go during the week.
- Join a workout group. Workout groups are a great way to stay fit and meet new people. The best part? Many of them are free! Groups like November Project offer free workouts in many cities, or check in with spots like your local running store to find free group runs and other meet ups.
- Join a league. Much like workout groups, city rec leagues are another good way to get some exercise and meet new people. Tons of places offer leagues for a variety of sports, from ultimate Frisbee to softball to volleyball. Many leagues offer multiple skill levels and are relatively low commitment with games once or twice a week.
- Go on a scavenger hunt to find some healthy options in your new neighborhood. After you’ve tried every ice cream shop within walking distance, go on a hunt to find the best farmer’s market near you so you can get fresh foods (and support local businesses).