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Working out just doesn’t work out!

As college students, we make excuses for ourselves all the time. “I was up really late last night, so I couldn’t,” or “I had to go do this, then I had class and I just didn’t have time to go,” are just two of the many examples of excuses people use to convince others, and maybe even themselves, that their laziness is justifiable. If someone is serious and dedicated, he or she can and will be able to find time in their day to exercise. Even if you only have 30 minutes to do some push-ups and squats in between studying and class, utilize that time.

I’m not a morning person, but I started getting up early to go to the gym this summer. The first few days were rough, but after  a week it became part of my routine. I learned that going to the gym in the morning has a few benefits:

1.) You get your workout out of the way. You don’t have to worry about trying to fit exercising in later in the day.

2.) Working out helps you wake up. Exercising soon after I wake up helps get my blood flowing and I have an easier time waking up. I also find that I feel awake and more productive throughout the rest of the day.

Walking to class is also an excellent way to fit cardio into your schedule without even having to think about it. Scooting and riding the bus may be more convenient, but burning the extra calories walking to class is more rewarding. Riding a bike to class is also a great way to get in cardio.

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Students park their bikes outside of Weimer Hall at the University of Florida. Riding a bike to class made for a great cardio workout in the middle of day for some students.

According to Fit With a Busy Schedule , you could also use exercising as a way to meet up with friends and co-workers or to discuss work with a business partner.

Another thing to consider is to change up your workout routine so that you don’t become bored. If you’re bored, you won’t feel motivated to go to the gym. I try and take one or two workout classes every week and supplement these with two or three days of cardio on the elliptical or treadmill.

If you’re not a member of a gym, no problem! Running, walking or cycling on the street is free. There are also apps for smartphones that provide strength and core conditioning exercises for you to do. For example, I have an abdominal app called Daily Ab Workout that is free and gives me great exercises that I can do on my bedroom floor and without any equipment.

There are many ways to find time to exercise in your day. Even if it’s only 10 minutes, it’s something. By making exercising a part of your daily routine, you will not only notice progress in your body, but you will also notice progress in your mental performance as well.

A Brief Introduction

This blog will consist of tips and tricks for high school and college students on how to efficiently manage various aspects of daily life. Topics such as how to manage one’s time well, how to manage one’s stress level, how to stay organized, how to fit working out into a busy schedule, how to deal with procrastination, and how to balance school, work and a social life will be discussed here.

In high school, I was the president of three different clubs at the same time, played volleyball year-round, took AP classes, and had a part-time job. Currently, I am taking five classes, I am working about 20 hours per week, and I am participating  in and helping with three to four organizations on the University of Florida campus. Through my hectic schedules, I have learned how to efficiently allocate all of the hours in my days in order to remain on top of everything. I hope that my advice and knowledge on this topic will be able to help other students who are struggling with organization their lives.

The advice on this blog will not only come from my personal experience, but also from the experiences of other students and professionals. I will be interviewing various students on the University of Florida campus who are extremely involved and get their advice about how they “do it all”. I also plan interviewing guidance counselors and faculty involved in student affairs.

The information on this blog will contain tips that I wish I knew at the beginning of my high school career. I hope that students will be able to apply some of the tips and advice found on this blog to their own lives and will be able to see positive results.