I kid you not. This conversation to the right literally happened. My mom was so shocked that I started running, she asked me if I meant running "as in exercise." Are there other kinds of running that I'm not aware of??
So that pretty much sums up in about three words how in shape I am (AKA, not). Running makes me want to puke and exercise kills me. However, if you eat food as rich and caloric as we eat here in Spain, you'd want to run too.
I decided that I would prefer to not return from Spain 40 lbs heavier, so something had to change. Also, since I had so much free time, I figured it couldn't hurt at least trying.
I only started exercising two weeks ago, but I've already felt my mental attitude change tremendously. I don’t feel as guilty when I consume food, knowing I’ll burn a bit of it off while exercising. I also feel happier having something to do, getting to add yet another thing to my slowly growing schedule.
I can’t guarantee I’ll keep it up forever, or even for all of this semester, but I do recommend trying to stay healthy while studying abroad. Not only is it better for your attitude and body, it’s also a great way to justify all the yummy food you consume during your study abroad (and I promise you, there's A LOT).