Body transformation challenge by Akira

The body transformation challenge was an exciting time for everyone. It was $20 to participate and although I did not win any money, I learnt a lot. There were a few categories of the challenge: fat loss, muscle gain, best before and after picture and team player. InstagramCapture_7a571ae2-73f3-4c38-afe5-e7d7047331a8Learning a lot is really good for me as a racer in this years Run Melbourne.

To be a racer one must have good health. For a start I had good health but not as good as the experienced runners.

It was a thrilling eight week challenge I got to meet many like minded people and see Shape up for the first time. Here I really learnt a lot about drinking more water and eating more protein. I also tried to increase my knowledge about good fats and running.


My muscle mass decreased and my fat went up. This is normal for a runner like myself who has to train hard for their marathon.

My bone mass stayed pretty much the same throughout.

I didn’t win but I learnt from the two others that did that it was all about the mindset and nutrition. Nutrition is key- you need 80% of it to survive.

What healthy habits that students neglect during studies

Students in the lead up to exams you might neglect some good habits in order to study. These are some of them which will assist you with a healthy mind and body. After all you would not want to be run down just before the exam.

Exercise or lack of movement


Atthe gym. Image courtesy of chiukatherine on Instagram


Fitness gurus say that 20% of your day should be made up of exercise and that is true. Exercise does not have to be boring or expensive. It could be a jog around the block or a fitclub.


You would need about 7-9 hours of sleep per night so if you are staying up late to revise then your body will pay for this later. Can’t sleep? Maybe not moving enough or having too much caffeine or a very full stomach might be why. Or you might be stressing too much about something. Proper sleep hygiene is important so make sure that you have plenty of time to relax before bed.

A healthy diet


During exam time many students neglect this as they don’t have the time or the money to cook. A healthy diet is a must for a healthy and clear mind.

This is a must for any student. Is buying from the supermarket not your thing? What is your budget like?  Here in Melbourne we have the markets, organic shops, cafes you name it. There is something to suit everyone’s budget.

Social interactions

How many friends do you have? Have you joined a club or society? Do you have friends in the same course as you? If so you might want to have a few study groups where you can exchange ideas and test each other.

This is a great way to clear the head

What are some more good habits for students to take? Do leave some comments below