Staying Healthy In College

Saturday, February 18, 2017


One thing I've been struggling with during my college career is finding the time to exercise. I love to run. In the summers I run everyday and it's one of my favorite ways to relax. During the semester it can be hard to make exercising a priority. Here's a list of possible ways to motivate yourself (myself) to exercise when you think there's not enough time.


MAKE A SCHEDULE

This is the first and a very important step. Sit down and write out a plan. Make a weekly schedule of when the best time to cram in some exercise time would be. For me, it is definitely right when I finish with classes for the day. It's nice to relax from the academic day by going for a run before I re-stress myself with homework. 

ORGANIZE YOUR EXERCISE CLOTHING/EQUIPMENT

Going to the gym? Running in your neighborhood? Doing yoga in your dorm? No matter what the setting, make the process easier on yourself. Make a specific drawer or shelf for your work out clothing and equipment. That way you can just grab and go.

MAKE IT FUN

I know that for me, sometimes exercising can feel like a chore. I will start to feel like it is something I have to do and not something I want to do, which usually ends up in me quitting. Don't push yourself too hard. I don't like to make a time limit or distance limit because that feels really restricting. If I feel motivated, I do set a distance limit but if it is a "chore" day then I'll usually just get out, start, and run until I absolutely can't anymore whether that is after 10 minutes or an hour. 

STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE

This is kind of related to the previous tip. While it can seem like a chore, just remember your schedule. You don't have to make a distance or time limit, but make sure you stick to your schedule and get out and do something. You'll feel good once you remember you are fulfilling that first step. 

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Okay, so there you have it. Those are my four easy steps to making exercising a priority in college. Do you have any special tips that help you stay motivated?

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