Food is one of my favourite things. And definitely one of the things I was most looking forward to about spending a year in Spain. Churros, paella, jamón and so much more. I have definitely not been disappointed, to the point where I’ve had to join a gym, because despite being told before the program that we would all gain weight, none of us realised JUST how much we’d put on.
Staying fit is definitely about balancing and knowing the difference between hungry and bored or emotional. And that’s for everyone, not just exchange students. But joining a gym helps so much in my opinion, find something there that is fun to you, join a gym that offers classes like yoga or boxing or spin classes, anything, it will be so much easier to get up and go to the gym if you’re going to do something fun. Most people are probably going to read this and say, ‘yeah, I’d go to the gym, but being judged by all those fit attractive people does not appeal to me‘ If being judged is your concern, don’t worry, everyone is at the gym to get fit! No matter how big you are, or if you’re a girl in the weights section or a guy in the yoga class, don’t worry! When I see big people at the gym, the first thing that comes to my mind is ‘They’re doing something about it, good on ’em!!! Girls in the weights, ‘Go girl! Toning up and standing up for feminism a little bit too.’ Guys in yoga I just admire, along with everyone else in yoga to, because I fail tremendously at yoga, pilates and the like.
The types of foods you’re eating is big to, and how much. I’m human, and humans of this generation tend to get bored and to resolve that, we eat. This is not good!!! I am trying to work on this by, if I’m bored, I’ll go buy a packet of sunflower seeds and teach myself how to eat them properly. Now it’s an addiction, but it kills boredom!!! And the work:reward ratio is very much in favor of work. The middle part you can actually eat is pretty small, but the time it takes you to learn and master opening the shell bit in your mouth is quite a bit for most people. Eating too much is also a big problem for me. You know when you have a delicious meal and there is more there so you go back for seconds? Don’t!!! You’ve got to ask yourself if you NEED it, are you still hungry or do you just want it because it was good and there’s more??? If the latter is true, don’t eat it. And if you are still feeling a bit hungry eat fruit or vegetables, because those are always good.
Long story short, food is good but GET FIT NOT FAT!!! Control what you eat, when you eat and what you do to balance it out.