(Fit)ting in staying fit

We all know the benefits of working out. Not only does it make you look good, but also combats anxiety and depression, increases energy and alertness, improves your quality of sleep– the list goes on and on. However, although we all know the many benefits, we still dread it. Here are some ways to change that pit in your stomach when you think about heading to the gym:

Get in a routine.

As college students, we are all busy. It's not exactly easy squeezing in time for a nice workout when we have friends, class, homework, and jobs to balance. Finding a time slot in your day and writing it into your daily schedule in advance makes it less stressful to try and fit in some gym time. Once you start going at the same time every week, you won’t even have to think twice about it.

Do what you love.

Go for a run one day, do spin the next, or do a HIIT workout another. It doesn’t matter what you do, the most important thing is that you enjoy doing it. Finding time to workout is hard enough, so make sure it's something you can look forward to and be motivated for!

Change it up.

Switching up your workout keeps your muscles guessing and thus increases results. Step outside of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to try something new. The RecPlex offers several fitness classes everyday, which means plenty of new classes to try!

Find a partner.

Grab a friend and have fun! Go for a walk or run to the beach, take a fitness class at the RecPlex, or explore one of the many other options around campus! Having a friend with you is not only fun, but a great encouraging influence because you can both push each other to go further.

Rest up.

Rest days are extremely important because they allow your body to recuperate from all of your hard work! If you go hard 7 days a week every single week, you’re going to be tired and not be able to perform at your full potential. A good strategy is to plan your busiest day of the week to be your day off, this way you don’t have to stress about getting to the gym!