Being a college student, managing class, completing schoolwork, and maintaining your social calendar is hard. Throwing a workout into the mix can be nearly impossible. Even harder than that? Staying motivated to keep up with your health and fitness. Though it can be hard to hit the gym every day, staying active through the semester is attainable.
Rise and Grind
Setting a routine, dragging yourself out of bed, lacing up your Nikes, and heading to the gym can be difficult, but its benefits are boundless. Fitness is important to me, so I go to the gym in the morning. I’m a lot less likely to skip a workout due to a heavy workload or giving into afternoon sleepiness. I can go about my day knowing that I got my exercise in. I don’t have to worry about balancing my health and my day-to-day endeavors. Exercising in the morning also helps me make healthier food choices throughout the day, giving me a clear and energetic mindset.
Let’s Stay Motivated
Staying motivated to workout daily or weekly can be just as hard as finding the time to stay active. I find that having a workout or gym buddy is extremely helpful. Having another person to keep you accountable and motivated is so important. When you’re exhausted, stressed, or just don’t feel like working out, it’s great to have someone to encourage and push you to do what is best for your health. People often tend to feel intimidated when working out alone, so having a partner takes away any social anxiety you may have and replaces it with positive motivation. It even lets you have a little fun along the way.
Instagram is another tool I use for inspiration. The list of accounts I follow includes fashion bloggers, friends, and fitness specialists. When I’m having a day where all I want to do is lay in bed and binge watch Gossip Girl, seeing a motivational post on Instagram from one of these specialists is usually enough to get me up and off to the gym.
I work towards my fitness goals by using my time wisely, enlisting the support of friends, and relying on social media as a resource. Your goals can be in reach too by following these simple lifestyle tips.
What does fitness mean to you? How do you motivate yourself? Let me know in the comments below!