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.
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.