As a college student, I know that it is sometimes hard (okay, it’s always a constant battle) to get motivated to work out. With classes, homework, club organizations and maintaining a social life, it’s sometimes hard to not just lay on my bed and watch Netflix. Life can be overwhelming.
But I’m here to tell you a few easy things that you can do to work out (and it won’t interfere with your schedule- that’s a bonus!). This Buzzfeed article helped me think of some easy ways to work out, but I’ll only mention a few of them here.
One of the easiest things that I think people struggle out when they first start working out is that their goals are unrealistic. I know a lot of people, including myself, that want to see results as quickly as possible. I think that after two weeks of working out that I should see the results that I want, but that’s simply not the case.
Change takes time.
I know this is sounds like it should be an easy concept to understand, but when you’re on the elliptical or treadmill for hours on end each week and eating healthier (minus a few cheat meals here or there… we are human, after all) you think that you should be able to really see the results. Yes, that would be nice, but I’m here to tell you that you can’t see those visual changes that quickly.
Instead of thinking that you are going to lose a few inches dramatically within a week or two, try and think of goals that you can actually achieve within the time period you want it to happen in. Losing weight and trying to become the best version of yourself is easier when you see these little goals being reached rather than working hard and not seeing the big results that you were expecting. These little improvements that you see from setting little goals will help keep you motivated on your fitness journey (I know they definitely help me).
Another thing that I thought was so important for people to remember is that there is always time to work out (yes, even with busy schedules). The Buzzfeed article talked about how any type of effort being put into working out, even if it’s not an hour a day, is better than no exercise at all. A lot of the time people say that they didn’t work out because they didn’t have enough time. I’m guilty of this, but I’ve learned that even 10 to 20 minutes of working out is better than none. You’re making way more progress than if you weren’t to work out at all.
There were a few articles that I came across that showed quick things that people can do if they want to work out but are crunched on time. This article is a high-intensity workout that let’s you be in control of what cardio you want to do (to an extent).
Now, if you want a video-guided workout I recommend searching workouts on YouTube. I love watching workouts and being able to follow the trainer for each workout. A plus of going on YouTube is that you can find quick workouts that also have comments so you can see how other people like the exercise.
I know that there are a lot of excuses that people can make of why they don’t work out, but if they want to stay in shape they can’t make excuses.
So no more excuses, go sweat it out! A little exercise can go a long way.