How to to overcome the lazy student lifestyle

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The Christmas holidays leaves us all feeling a little sluggish and lazy. Nerve Online’s Emma Orlando shows you how to overcome the lazy student lifestyle to start your year right.

Edited by Natalie Whitmore

You promised yourself you wouldn’t succumb to the inevitable lazy lifestyle of a student, but it didn’t take long for the pot noodles and the hangovers to turn you into a complete slob. You can’t afford a gym membership, cooking up healthy dishes seems far too complicated, and it’s pretty much impossible to resist the Domino pizza your housemates ordered.

That being said there are ways to enjoy the student lifestyle without completely losing every ounce of good health, and these solutions should be the perfect way to overcome the lazy lifestyle.


As students it’s correct to say that usually our logic about ‘good’ food is pretty much non-existent. Buying chicken and fish seems far too pricey, yet those Domino’s deals seem an absolute bargain… Am I right?

In reality, ordering a takeaway is the convenient way out of cooking a proper meal. But unfortunately, feeding four for £20 on one night is you spending £5 that could be used to cook your meals for a couple of nights. Obviously, let’s not kid ourselves, takeaways are essential time-to-time when you are deep in studying, but don’t be afraid of spending more money buying a bulk of food in one go that will cook up healthy meals to last you all week.

Stocking up on essentials when they are on offer, buying meat in large quantities, and swapping the pricey fresh food for the affordable frozen are just a few little tricks that can help you to save the pennies. Also, getting the nutrition from healthy foods is the key to becoming more active day-to-day. Pick a couple of different types of cheap veg and fruit to eat for the week, and then swap in other types the following week- you’ll getting a range of nutrition every month without buying them all at once.


Working from bed is a sure fine way to get absolutely nothing done. Unless you’re the exception that just can’t concentrate in a busy library, telling yourself you’ll be more productive at home is a complete lie. Home is full of distractions that far more enjoyable than the work you have to do, so removing them is a great way to ensure you can combat the laziness and actually manage to get some stuff done.

When you’ve finally reached the end of uni, and are forced to face the ‘real world’, you won’t have the luxury of working from bed wrapped up in your PJs. You might think the library’s bad, but it’s not far off from the office desk that awaits you. Spending your days in the library will offer you plenty of practice for your future job: it will ease you out of your lazy work ethic, and into the habit of working in a corporate environment.


It’s probably no secret that you’re not as athletic as you used to be. That semi-professional sporting career you were once heading towards was swapped for your demanding social calendar and your long-term relationship with Netflix. University is the time where it doesn’t matter if you aren’t very good at the sport, that’s exactly what the social clubs are for.  The social side is a great way to make new friends, and anything that gets you off the sofa is a positive step.

With demanding uni work it’s hard to find the time to spare on exercise, especially when it’s probably the last thing that you want to be doing. Get together with friends and all be rubbish at a sport together. It’s a great way to be active without forking out for a pricey gym membership.


Obviously with nothing to do, you’re going to take up the chance to be as lazy as you possibly can. With no plans, there’s no motivation, making that couch-potato life all too appealing. During the times when the workload is low, take up the chance to get experience in as much as possible during your short time at uni.

Get involved in what the uni has to offer, and you could easily get a head start in making your CV look good while you’re doing so. Or, if you feel as though you spend enough time at uni already, get out and about and there are bound to be plenty of projects that you can get involved in. Not only will it help you to resist the temptation of spending your days taking part in Netflix marathons, but it will also help to prepare you for life after being a student; where being a slob isn’t something you can get away with so easily.


The chances are that if you live in a student location you’ll be close to everything that you need access, so there’s really no excuse for not walking everywhere. It’s all too tempting to jump in a car to get to the corner shop five minutes away, but swapping the wheels for a short walk will not only save you money, but will give you the exercise you need to win the battle with laziness.

When the coursework piles up, and you’ve spent half of your loan in the first few weeks back at uni, it’s easy to fall into the habit of doing absolutely nothing. Walking is free, and just think of the benefits that you will gain not only to your bank balance, but to your health too.

So there it is, the student’s guide to becoming a successfully un-lazy individual. The main thing is that you’re enjoying yourself, experiencing new things, and maximising your potential at university (which can’t be done from the sofa full of takeaway regrets).