One of my new year’s resolutions was to get in shape and for the first week I was able to stick to the resolution. But as school started picking up with tests and papers coming up, club or group meetings becoming more frequent, finding time to workout became more and more difficult. However, I recently had some motivation to get myself back in the gym and on a workout regimen.
The other day I received a package notification that my new running shoes had arrived. It felt like Christmas all over again and I was ready to try out my new kicks. It may seem strange the fact that I need new running shoes to get me motivated to hit the gym, but it gives you a reason to wear your brand new shoes. Nine times out of ten you won’t want them to just sit in the closet, especially after forking out a decent amount of cash for them. New workout gear is always a good motivation. Below is a workout outfit I put together inspired by new shoes.
However, new running shoes aren’t the only way you can motivate yourself to workout. So here are some tips on how to keep yourself motivated to fulfill that annual New Year’s Resolution.
1) Set a Schedule:
I know as college students, it can be rough to fit time into your busy schedule especially when it comes to exercise. I mean the excuses tend to pile up: too much homework, you’re going to be tired afterward and you can’t afford to be tired, you don’t feel like walking to the gym, and the list goes on. But here’s a bit of advice: set a schedule and stick to it. I’ve recently found that I have to workout in the mornings before class, or else it won’t happen. Sometimes I wake up at 6 a.m. to run a mile and do some toning exercises, but the high I get afterward is definitely worth it. Not only do I feel calm, but it’s also a great source of energy during the day. I understand not everyone is a morning person, do what works for your schedule and body and stick to it. Set up a reminder on your Google calendar that way you can’t say you forgot.
2) The 15 minute workout
For those who say that time is an issue or don’t feel like hitting the gym, search the web for some great 15 minute workouts that you can conveniently do in your room. I’ve tried Crossfit, it not only gets your heart rate up, but also focuses on strengthening and toning. There are tons of examples of a Crossfit workout on the web. Also, I recommend checking out Pinterest’s fitness section and organize your own fitness board to include some quick workouts that you’ll have easy access to. Check out my Pinterest Healthy Lifestyle board for some great exercises.
3) Change it up
Another popular excuse is getting bored with your workout. Trust me, it’s happened to me one too many times, which is why you have to change it up sometimes. Take a class like cycling (cardio), pilates (toning), or, my favorite, kickboxing. This past week my friend and I tried a ballet class and I loved it, now I can’t stop practicing everything I learned. It’s a nice break from the monotonous workout regimen you may be doing at the gym.
Keeping these three tips in mind, sticking to your New Year’s resolution this year won’t be so hard.