Late nights, junk food, catching naps in between classes and stress, all of these things affect your health. One of the things that can help with these things significantly is exercise. My doctor told me a few weeks ago while getting my annual check up that her job would be easier if everyone just exercised regularly and ate right. Less people would get sick, that crazy thing that happens when you are stressed would go away because now that you are working out (and managing your time) there should be less stress in your life. So what are some of the ways to keep up your regimen in the midst of tests, papers, and the math homework you don’t understand.
1. Get a buddy – I know for me personally if someone doesn’t go with me, I am less likely to work out. I’ve always been that way and sometime its a bad thing but in this case its good. Having someone to work out with will push you to get up, get out and get it done. You and your friend can help each other reach the goals at hand.
2. Work out in the morning – Its hard to do, I know, but it’s not impossible. Studies show that if you work out in the morning it sets the pace for the day. You will have more energy throughout the day and are more likely to choose healthier choices throughout the day. Also this way you get the work out out of the way before the other distractions of the day hit. I run three mornings out of the week at 6:30 in the morning. I feel great the rest of the day and I know once I go back to my dorm room at the end of the day its a wrap on leaving to go work out.
3. Create a playlist – Exercising with music distracts you from the fact that you are completing physical activity. Finding that place within yourself and the music will help you to continue on. Create a banging playlist that will get you hype for the workout a head of you. As long as the playlist is going, you have to push through and finish the reps. You find yourself more into the music than into the current exercise you are doing. before you know it you have worked out for an hour and burned tons of calories.
4. Switch up the exercises – If you do the same old routine everyday or even every other day, of course you are bound to get bored and possibly give up half way through reaching your goal. Switch it up! There are tons of fun and interesting things that can be done to lose weight, or lead a healthy lifestyle. College opens doors for you to try new things. Take a zumba class or kickboxing class, try a cycling class or equestrian. Going to the gym and using weights is great but spice your life up and have fun while reaching your goal.
5. Don’t get discouraged – results are not instantaneous. One workout is not going to give you those hard rock abs you desire. In reality, it takes you four weeks to notice your results and others about six weeks to notice. If people do not say anything don’t think its not working, they may not have noticed yet. Also have somewhere to keep some motivational quotes to encourage you, when you feel like you are not encouraged by others around you.
These are just some tips on staying on track when working out. They will be beneficial in the long run. Happy exercising!!