Sometimes it is hard to find the time, or the motivation, during the winter months to work out and keep in shape. We find ourselves indulging in “comfort” foods and curling up with blankets, staying warm indoors. There are some things we can do to help keep in shape during these cold months.

1. Find a workout buddy. It would be even better if you found a whole group of people. These buddies can help motivate you and push you to go to the gym, even when you do not feel like it.

2. Do something you love. It does not matter if  it’s Zumba, yoga, or running, do a workout that you enjoy.

So bear with me on the title. I know “movin’ and groovin'” doesn’t sound all that appealing but it will really help you out in the long run.

At my school, there is a student who is a certified Zumba instructor. She teaches an hour long Zumba class 2x a week. It is the MOST fun I’ve ever had in a workout. As a previous dancer, being able to “move and groove” (I can’t help but use the phrase) again made me smile. I didn’t realize I was burning calories, most of the time. The music is always fun to dance to. And honestly, SO WHAT? if I look like a fool. Half the time, my roommates do as well.

So find an activity on campus that makes you smile. Maybe it’s joining the intramural soccer team, swimming laps during “open swim”, or playing Just Dance on your game system. “Move and Groove” as often as you can. For more tips  on staying fit, look at the Freshman Survival Guide  Chapter 21.