With such a busy schedule, it’s essential to get the most out of your time. Feel uncomfortable going to office hours? Suck it up. These first couple of weeks will either make or break how your semester is going to pan out. Organization and drive, darling– not only when hitting the books, but also when working out. Never back down. This is the training before the marathon begins, but don’t worry. I’ve got you set up for absolute success.
Write Down Goals, Seeing Is Believing
Write it down with dry-erase on your mirror, a note at the foot of your bed, or set an alarm to remind you of your goals every day. It is much harder to forget about them when they are looking right at you. Whether your goal is to do three pull-ups or lose 20 pounds, it is much more likely that you will make better decisions towards achieving that goal if you are given a smack-in-the-face reminder.
Setting goals like “most days I will run for 30 minutes” is much better than “I will run every day for 30 minutes”. Nobody wants to be forced into a trap – and your human nature will want to rebel. If you set the goal to run “most days,” in the long run you will be running a lot more because you want to, not because you’re forced to. It’s ok to have the weekend off if you want. Missing a day does not mean you failed.
Get It Done In The Morning
People who work out in the morning tend to have a more consistent workout regime. Too often we say we will work out later, and then we don’t have enough time or feel too tired. Before you even have enough time for excuses, get your sneakers right next to your bed and put them on when you wake up. The rest of the day you will feel refreshed, alive, and high on endorphins to spare.
Set An Intention
Doing the same workout every day can get boring. Set your mind on something before you go to bed and commit to the new experience. Intervals, group exercise classes, jogging, yoga, workout videos on YouTube and applications on your smart phone are just a few ways to mix it up. Also, try setting an intention for excellence and happiness for the day. These things are decided ahead of time. Simple choices, every day. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Move the way that moves you. Hate treadmills? Then no treadmills for you. Keep trying until you find something you love. Discovering what gets you feeling and looking good? It’s worth the search, unless you like forcing yourself to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. I can see the fire in your eyes already. You’re turning into one of those go-hards who isn’t afraid of a challenge.
Without challenges, life is dull. You’re here, alive and healthy, you might as well kick your own @$$ and challenge the ish out of yourself. What’s a better time than during college? There is nothing you can’t learn. There is nothing you can’t accomplish. Your future awaits. Take advantage of your free time while you’ve got it. You’re in for a heck of a semester.