Blogged on a break from working on my senior design project.

Something that I’ve recently been working on more in my life is health and fitness! It’s something that is definitely challenging to fit in, but so important to maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

On campus, the best resource for this is the Lyon Center.  This is the gym on campus that is open for all USC students to use, and it is full of cardio equipment, weights, and more.  They also offer classes like yoga, spin, and more regularly! The Lyon center is a great place to start in terms of maintaining fitness.  Many buildings on campus also have their own smaller gyms for residents to use! I usually work out in my sorority house where we have a fair amount of equipment as well.

Another option for fitness is taking advantage of some of the resources in downtown.  I joined Pure Barre a few months ago and love the workout it offers and also the community I have found there.  It’s a great way to get off campus, and it’s only about 10 minutes away!  I also have gone to Soul Cycle and Flywheel which are not too far from campus either!

The next part about maintaining health and fitness is making healthy eating choices.  Although the pizza is always delicious in the dining halls, it’s good to switch that up and try other options as well.  In EVK they have a grill outside where they cook amazing chicken, and the salad bar is also incredible!  There are also tons of healthy eating options on campus like Lemonade!

The last part about staying healthy is making sure you get enough sleep.  Not having enough sleep is one of the many myths about college, and if I don’t get at least 7-8 hours a night I did something wrong with my day.  If you make sleep a priority, you will always be able to get enough, and you will be more productive during the day when you aren’t falling asleep!

Staying healthy in college is definitely challenging and is a lifestyle adjustment from high school, especially for me going from sports every day and my mom’s cooking to having to make all of my own choices, but the resources are available to accomplish it if you set your mind to it!

Lyssa Aruda-2015

Lyssa Aruda-2015

Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology), Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!