When you’re a student, it can feel like you’re only real exercise is running to the bus or stretching those brain muscles. I’m more focused on learning about settlements and how to become a surrogate mother than how many calories are in my food hall pizza.
Your health is still important, though, and it’s something to give some attention. It’s not about your weight, either. You might feel sluggish, tired, and unfocused if you’re not taking care of your body.
Still, it can be tough to squeeze in gym time between classes. So, what can you do? Here are a few tips on building a fitness routine that works with your fitness level and with your class schedule.
Making Time for Your Routine
When you’re taking classes and even keeping a job, it can be difficult to add other obligations and finding time in your day between other obligations like chores, friends, and sleep.
That’s why you have to make time to exercise. Finding the time can be tough, so looking for places where you have a little room in your schedule is important.
To make my schedule, I started out with a daily schedule, where I broke down twenty-four hours into half-hour chunks. Then, I blocked off my usual sleep schedule. After that, I factored in classes and meals, then work hours. I even added time for studying with my roommates.
I didn’t have a ton of time leftover for everything else, but I was able to make a little time after classes. That worked out great for me because it gave me a little break after working out my brain to go for a quick run, lift some weights, and give my body a good workout—not just my mind.
Once you set your times and dates, getting to the gym is a little easier. Still, it’s easier to go on home, eat some of your leftover pasta, and relax in front of the TV . . . that’s where your accountability buddy comes in.
Now, that’s especially easy for me and my other five roommates, I know. We don’t always feel like working out, and getting to the gym can be tough. Even if you don’t work out together, encouraging each other on every gym day makes a difference. You don’t want to disappoint your friends, right?
Finding an accountability partner can be as easy as asking a friend or roommate to work out with you, or to hold you accountable. Knowing that someone is expecting you to get your running shoes on can make a difference.
Sticking to Your Fitness Routine
Keeping up your workout regimen isn’t easy; I won’t pretend like there aren’t a lot of days where I’d like to just sit back, relax, and watch other people sweat it out on the treadmill. I also understand that those extra thirty minutes can make you feel better, fitter, and more alert than ever.
Sticking to your routine is tough, but it can make a big difference. If you’re struggling to change your schedule and add in a little time for cardio or strength training, reach out for help from friends or roommates. Sometimes, having someone on your side makes getting to the gym a little bit easier.