How To Stay Fit While in PA School

Hi everyone! Fitness and keeping my summer body year-round are both very important to me. I started in sports at a very young age, which continued until my senior year in high school, so I have always been very active. This has been a challenge since starting PA school as I am living a more sedentary lifestyle as I am in a classroom 5 days a week for at least 7-8 hours. So, how do I stay in shape?

Prior to starting PA school, I worked out 5 days a week for at least 1.5 hours. This has decreased significantly since starting school, and I am lucky if I am able to work out 3 days. To keep my body looking on point, I make sure that I eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. I meal prep every Sunday, and I make sure I cook healthy meals, and I only consume healthy snacks. I have never been on a formal diet, and I usually eat whatever I want. I do not believe in restricting myself from having something because this can lead to binge eating. The trick is to have everything in moderation. If I want Mexican food or chocolate, I get it, but instead of eating everything at one sitting, I eat half, and save the rest for later. I make sure that my snacks are high in protein, which helps curve my appetite and keep me fuller longer. I also make sure that I eat at least 3-4 servings of vegetables and fruits daily and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily!! This has been a major contributor to make sure that I stay slim, and it also has my skin glowing!

When I do work out, it is on the weekends. My apartment complex has a decent gym, and it is 24/7, which is a plus! I preferably like working out late at night, but this is not feasible as I spend most my nights studying. So, now I go first thing in the morning around 7AM, since I hate working out with a lot of people around. I usually do 35-45 minutes of cardio, abs, and depending on the day, legs or arms. For cardio, I either walk on the treadmill or do the elliptical machine. It depends on how my knee and lower back are feeling (I had ACL surgery on my right knee a while back, so I can't run on a treadmill and I have sciatica, so I must be careful what I do). After that, I always do abs, which is my favorite part of the work out. On leg days, I always do squats and calf raises! And I either do lunges or leg presses, and I also do back exercises on this days as well. For arm days, I do biceps, triceps and shoulder raises.

As of recently, I have been able to work out on Tuesday's. I go to the gym right after class, and while I am doing cardio, I am also able to study (I'm a major multi-tasker). I have found that I retain a lot more information while I am working out and studying, so this has been such a plus!! 

Even though I have a busy schedule, I have been able to find ways to make sure that I stay in shape!! It is all about planning your day, and allotting time to work out. Working out has so many benefits, and for me, it is a major de-stressor and it prevents me from burning out, and I find that I have more energy and able to concentrate better when I work out!  

How do you guys stay in shape? Comment below, and don't forget to subscribe!


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