Staying fit as a college student is a big challenge: with so much studying, it’s difficult to find time for exercise! Thankfully, IEC@DVC students live in beautiful Northern California. Californians are known as very fit people with active lives, so keeping fit is easy at IEC@DVC! Here are some tips for staying fit and healthy while studying English at IEC@DVC (and for when you transfer to a college or university).
Staying Fit as a College Student
There are many ways to stay fit: here are just a few suggestions that we have! Definitions for the words in bold are at the end of this article.
Walk as much as possible
Walking is one of the best ways to stay in shape (and the beautiful California weather makes it possible to walk during most of the year). Take advantage of this! Walking is also the best way to see your new neighborhoods and explore. When visiting San Francisco, plan a walking tour to see some of the city’s sights.
Join a gym
There are many gyms in the U.S. and most offer great student membership discounts. Check out the gyms close to where you live and join one! Most gyms offer many classes (such as kickboxing, yoga, and spin*), so you will have many opportunities to meet people. Find a friend who wants to work out and you will have a workout buddy to motivate you!
*spin = an indoor class with bicycles that are stationary (the bicycles do not move). Usually there is energetic music to keep everyone motivated.
Join a sports team or club
Websites like Meetup.com are great for finding people in your neighborhood who play on an organized sports team. You can also check out the Concord and Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation Department websites for information about local adult teams.
Explore nature in the Bay Area! Go hiking in the area’s parks, rent bicycles, or do something crazy like canoe down the Russian River in Napa. There are many ways to exercise throughout the year! In the winter, try snow sports (such as skiing) in Lake Tahoe: the area hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960.
There are many smartphone apps that will help you break a sweat. Try some of the more popular apps (this article lists some of the best exercise apps for 2017) or try some fun apps such as Zombies, Run! to make you laugh while you get in shape.
Vocabulary about Exercise in English
Do you know these vocabulary words related to exercise in English?
Break a sweat
Definition: to begin sweating.
Example: I always break a sweat when I go to spin class.
Definition: a monthly payment to a fitness center (gym) so that you can use the services (such as the machines and classes).
Example: I have a gym membership at 24 hour fitness.
Belong to (a gym or club)
Definition: when a person pays for a gym membership, he/she says that they “belong to” the gym.
Example: Which gym do you belong to?
Definition: to be physically healthy.
Example: If you want to be fit, you need to eat well and exercise.
Definition: to do regular exercises to stay healthy.
Example: What do you do to keep fit?
Example: If you walk a lot, you will stay fit.
In (good) shape
Definition: to be physically healthy because of exercise.
Example: She practices yoga every day so she is in really good shape.
Definition: to add/remove weight from your body.
Example: He lost weight after he began exercising.
Example: I think I gained weight on vacation! I need to go to the gym now!
Definition: to make stronger.
Example: I use some machines at the gym to help strengthen my muscles.
Definition: to lose some weight.
Example: I’m trying to run twice a week because I want to slim down a little.
To work out
Definition: to exercise.
Example: What time do you want to work out tomorrow?
Example: That was a difficult workout but I feel great!
Definition: equipment needed for an activity.
Example: What kind of gear do I need if I go to the spin class?
Definition: short for “repetitions.” Reps are the number of times you repeat an exercise action (usually with machines or weights at the gym).
Example: I did 10 reps on each leg.
Definition: the number of reps you do before stopping.
Example: I did 3 sets of 10 reps.
Definition: to give more definition to muscles.
Example: I’m not trying to lose weight. I’m just trying to tone my body a little.