Staying Fit In College

friends

As a college student, I completely understand the struggle of finding balance in life. We work, go to class, get involved with extra curricular activities, volunteer, go to church, attempt to have a social life…and if we happen to have 5 minutes left over in the day, there’s some ME time. So how in the world are we supposed to find time to get or stay fit?!! I know it can seem impossible at times, but here are a few tips to help you get started! As always, your personal drive and dedication to your fitness journey will be the greatest determinant of how things go. We make time for what’s really important to us!

FIND A BUDDY

When choosing a work out partner, find someone who is serious about being healthy and holding you accountable. Do not…I repeat, DO NOT depend on your flaky cousin that will only give you another excuse to skip a workout. That’s just setting yourself up for failure, and you know it. *gives side eye*

MAKE A SCHEDULE

When building your work out schedule remember that you don’t have to go to the gym everyday. Starting out with 3-4 days a week is going to benefit you. As you practice better time management, add more work outs to your plan. Also be smart about utilizing your free time. Working out between classes means you don’t have to wake up early, and your evenings will be open for other activities.

TRY HIIT

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. This method of training cuts down on major gym time! Just 15 minutes of HIIT will have you whipped if done correctly. The key is to push yourself and work near your max effort. Your work out will be over in minutes, and your body will thank you even hours after you’re done. You can do my outdoor workout just like this. Follow the guidelines and really push yourself!

TAKE A GROUP FITNESS CLASS/ JOIN A TEAM

For people that work best with a more strict schedule, attending a group fitness class or joining a sports team might be a great choice for you! This will give you a definite, scheduled time to be active. If you go this route, make sure you choose a class or team that you will actually want to attend regularly.

EAT HEALTHY

It’s simple. When you’re eating healthy foods you feel better, have more energy, and you’re more motivated to make time for your work outs.

At the end of the day, do what makes you feel GOOD. Whether it’s jumping rope, riding your bike, playing a sport, or simply walking around the park. The goal is to get active, healthy, and fit! That will look different for everyone…Just make sure you get up and DO IT!

-Erin


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