By: Tahiti Beaupre, FFE 2016-2017
College is filled with all-nighters and busy days, leaving little room for exercise. Now add on some Italian pizza and gelato – it almost seems impossible not to gain those extra 15 pounds!
For those of you looking to keep fit this semester or year abroad, here are 5 ways to keep active while in Florence.
Join a Gym
Gyms in Florence are known to be expensive but if you’re dedicated to getting that exercise in, then invest in a gym membership. One of the more lavish gyms is Klab, equipped with high-end machines, Turkish baths, and all the fixings. A more standard and affordable choice is Swan. If you sign up for the three month membership for 160 euros, you could only be paying 3.50 euros a day if you go three times a week. Now that’s a deal!
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Join an LdM club
LdM offers a variety of clubs that meet weekly, allowing you to keep active during your day. So after those two and a half hour classes, relieve some stress at yoga club and work off those three scoops of gelato you know you’re going to treat yourself to.
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Go for a Walk or Jog
Florence is a little tricky when it comes to finding a crowdless street, let alone flat pavement. Regardless, the sights are so amazing that you’ll forget you were even exercising. Go for a run or brisk walk (for all my speed walkers out there) and head up to Piazzale Michelangelo or to the Cascine Park. Try to aim for 15-30 minutes of exercise a day and eventually you can work your way up.
Do a Home Workout
Thanks to YouTube, we have unlimited access to the same workout videos that people are paying big bucks for. So avoid the busy streets and gym fees (lets be honest, we don’t really want anyone seeing our armpit sweat stains anyways) and workout at home! One of my favorite workouts is Jillian Michaels’: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism. It’s a great 45 minute workout that’ll definitely get your heart rate going.
Yes, I know this isn’t a way to keep active but you still need to be mindful of what you eat. We can’t all be that person who eats a lot and doesn’t gain weight, and if you are then #blessed. Especially while in Italy, you’ll be tempted with the fresh pastries and millions of panino shops. Don’t get me wrong, take it all in and try the wonderful foods that Italy has to offer but remember to eat them in moderation. Make a home cooked meal every now and then and for those rough days that we all know and have, indulge in a little pick me up. The Mercato Centrale offers a wide selection of fresh produce, meats, seafood, cheese, etc., and all at low prices. It is open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 2pm.