Fit to be a Fresher? 5 ways to stay healthy over Fresher’s Week and beyond!

Welcome to UWE Bristol, we hope you’ve settled in to your Halls or accommodation, made some new friends and attended all of those 9 am introduction lectures after that quiet drink turned into a big night out! You’ve entered the big wide world of university and you’re ready to embrace EVERY opportunity.

But joking aside, you may be feeling slightly rough without your parent’s cooking after the 6th night out on the trot so UWE Sport are here to help. Read on to find out our top 5 tips to reduce the effects of the inevitable Fresher’s flu and hopefully, stay fit to be a fresher!

1. Drink plenty… of water

We all know water is good for you, especially when you’ve had one too many drinks the night before, so try to alternate with a glass of water when you go to the bar. And as hard as it might seem, avoid caffeine the next day! Whilst it might perk you up for a short time, it causes further dehydration, adding to any feelings of nausea and reducing your quality of sleep.

Bonus points for people who drink a pint of tap water with a pinch of sea salt before bed!

2. Eat wisely

That full English might smell amazing but it will put extra strain on your already stressed digestive system. Don’t panic though, you can still opt for the beans, scrambled egg and bread, full of amino acids and slow release sugars for a delicious and nutritious breakfast cure.

3. Dose up

The mini first aid kit your parents might have packed but you almost refused to bring will probably be more handy than you realised.  Dig out the multivitamins (Berocca’s the best) and let them do their magic.

Steer clear of aspirin as this makes your body work harder which will delay recovery.

4. Mum and Dad know best

Now we don’t want to sound like a nagging parent (we’re going to anyway) but you don’t have to go our every night to make the most of the first few weeks at UWE. Being the champion who tries to party every night might actually cause you to duck out early on the nights that go out… If you take a night off every now and then you’ll be able to truly make the most of the next.

Also, wear a coat (yes, now we’re sounding old) but that extra £1 for the cloak room is definitely worth it. If you don’t believe us now, you will in December!

5. Walk it off

It might seem like the last thing you want to do with a lack of sleep and fuzzy head but going for a brisk walk, light jog or any form of exercise will make you feel fitter faster! Getting the blood pumping increases oxygen circulation which speeds up the rate toxins are broken down and removed from the body.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could even come to the gym or one of our exercise classes to really kick that hangover into shape! Head to the UWE Sport website to find out more about our memberships, gym and exercise classes.

So there you have it, how to stay ‘Fresher Fit’ over the next few weeks. Comment below with your favourite!

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