Beyond Athletics

How Will You Stay Fit After College?

stay fit after college with urban runs during commute

(Flickr – Transformer18)

How do you go about your day? Getting to school and work, do you walk? Drive? Take a bus or public transportation?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot as the seasons change, as I’m sure a lot of graduating student-athletes are. After all, they’re both looking for job opportunities, and ways to maintain the same levels of fitness they’re used to enjoying. (Even if some of them are used to spending slightly more time than they technically should in practice.)

As former Division I gymnast Anja Garcia told DailyBurn, it’s not easy to stay fit after you graduate. No coaches checking in, or giving you training tips and advice. No more dining hall offering the right kind of lean protein and vegetables you need.

Just a thought. It’s like freshman 15, but four years late.

Find your fitness

Just like Laura recently wrote about her success with interval training, I have been trying to come up with ways to fit in more training runs. And off-handedly on my walk to watch some March Madness games (and watch my bracket crumble, as I recently admitted), I started searching for bags I could use while running to or from work.

And I stumbled upon this site, which is kind of like a runner’s ultimate compendium of everything awesome in the world.

That might be a bit strong.

But this site breaks down everything you would need to think about when it comes to run commuting, from planning out your route and staging your clothes at school or your office, to timing, to not smelling like a horrible sweaty mess when you get to your destination.

And believe me: that was one of my major questions, too. I always picture the episode of The Office when Jim tries to bike to work and ends up in a sweat-drenched suit and tie for the rest of the day. Not for me, thank you very much. I really (really really really really really) don’t want to be sweaty and smelly all day.

So how about you? How do you stay fit in the off-season? And how are you planning to keep a lifestyle of fitness after you finish playing your sport? Let us know on Twitter @ncsa or by showing it off on Instagram

And if you want to talk about how you can keep up your fitness by playing your sport in college, we’re always here to help.

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About the author
Andy McKernan

Andy McKernan is the content strategist at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. A content marketer with a background in creative writing, Andy brings several years of experience to NCSA.