Juggling books and barbells: A student’s guide to starting a fitness regime

It doesn’t matter what course you’re studying, so many students share the same struggle of finding the time to start (and stick with) a fitness regime.

If you’re stuck in an eternal battle between hitting the books and hitting the gym, this blog post is for you.

We’re sharing our best tips to set you up for success with a sustainable workout routine that doesn’t impact your studies. Let’s dive into it.


Ever been told that you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Well, contrary to this, you can have the best of both worlds when it comes to studying and fitness – you don’t have to pick between studying or a workout session anymore.

Let’s revolutionise the way you study. Add in some dynamic movements that get your body moving, your blood pumping and those creative juices flowing. Try seated leg lifts, chair squats, or go all-in with a standing desk and walking treadmill. You might just discover that your best ideas come when you’re on your feet.

Meal prepping

To create an effective fitness regime, eating right is half the battle won. However, the hustle of student life can make it difficult to get a nutritious diet. Introducing your new secret weapon: meal prep. The key to becoming a healthier and more energised you. But where do you begin?

Start by planning out your meals for the week, considering a mix of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. To save time, opt for efficient methods like one-pan wonders or slow cookers. Depending on your schedule, designate a batch-cooking day (Sundays are a great day to prep for the upcoming week). Finally, portion into reusable containers for easy grab-and-go meals.

Social fitness

Combine socialising with fitness by planning active outings. Ditch the usual coffee catch-up for a hiking trip or a fitness class. This turns your fitness into a fun and social experience.

Universities have a diverse range of clubs and societies. Joining a community with similar goals can be incredibly motivating, and a great way to make new friends who share your passions. Plus, regular meet-ups with your club can help you to create a consistent fitness regime. Check out your university website for fitness clubs that catch your eye.

Can’t find a university club? Or perhaps you’re eager to join one outside of uni? YourTRIBE locations are built in the heart of London’s most thriving neighbourhoods. Which means access to fitness clubs and activities on your doorstep.

Fitness apps

Fitness apps are like having a personal trainer in your pocket. They’re packed with helpful features such as complete workouts, how-to guides, nutritional advice, training data and more.

Use this to your advantage by exploring apps that offer quick, effective workouts that fit around your schedule. Plus, they’re a great way to take study breaks without diving straight into social media.

Commute cardio

Transform your daily commute into a fitness opportunity. Can you start walking or cycling to campus? This swap is a win-win.

It injects some physical activity into your day, whilst also clearing your mind before and after your class. Plus, you’ll be doing your part for the environment, too.

Can’t make this swap? Then seize the opportunity to squeeze in a brisk walk between lectures. You’ll be surprised how a short walk can do wonders during those lengthy study sessions.

Sleep and self-care

Never underestimate the power of rest and recovery time. Your body and brain need time to bounce back! After all, a well-rested mind is a focused mind; and a well-rested body is ready for any challenge.

However, don’t just prioritise any sleep. nMake sure you’re getting quality sleep. Establish a consistent sleep schedule, create a sleep-friendly environment, and resist the urge to doom-scroll on your phone. Soon, you’ll benefit from improved focus and boosted energy.

Balancing student life with a fitness regime is undoubtedly challenging, but it’s 100% possible with the right strategies. Keep trying new things until you find what works for you. Remember, it’s not about finding time; it’s about making time for your wellbeing amidst the demanding academic journey.

Before you go

YourTRIBE is designed to help you get the most out of your student experience. Take advantage of our onsite gym – making it easier for you to create the perfect fitness regime, from the comfort of your home.

Are you looking for the ultimate student accommodation in London? Here at YourTRIBE, we have created a place with you in mind to connect, call home and thrive.

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