5 Tips for Juggling Workouts with a Full-Time College Schedule
How do I find time to work out? It's a question people ask every day. Don't worry, you aren't alone in faltering at fitting a sweaty 30 minutes within a busy schedule.
We have students asking the question as well. As a college student, time is hard to come by. You are challenged to find the time to study, to work, and to play. But you also must find time to exercise to maintain your health. It might be overwhelming trying to work out when they have a full schedule? That's where these 5 tips come in.
1. Get Your Friends to Join In
It's easy to get into a workout routine when you have friends to work out with. There are many benefits of working out with others, such as extrinsic motivation, socialisation, and a feeling of being part of a team. Having a training partner allows for improved engagement with workouts. It is easier to work out when you have friends join in on your fitness journey with you. They will help to hold you accountable for getting to the gym. Ultimately, it’s more fun with a mate, and it makes any task more sustainable. Working out with them will make you feel more energised and give you the discipline to push yourself harder than you do when working out alone.
Try to find friends who will be interested in starting to work out with you, take your goal of finding a workout buddy as the first step and ask for help.
2. Look at How You Allocate Your Time
“There are not enough hours in the day”; “I haven’t the time for this”; “how can I fit it all in”. Does this sound like you - feeling like there is not enough time to get everything done? Most people would agree that one of the most important ‘first steps’ is finding a way to better allocate their time, so they feel like they're being more productive.
Try to figure out how you are spending your days. Are you busy with work, family, and friends? How many hours of your day are you spending on each activity?
Once you start tracking where exactly you are spending your time, you can then find out if and where you can make some changes. For example, limiting social media usage and reserving some free time for your workouts before or after college.
3. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Procrastination
Procrastination has its benefits, but this only lasts so long before it starts piling up and causing trouble. It becomes a problem when it starts to affect your personal life.
Many of us have been guilty of this at one point or another. We’ll be in the middle of a task when suddenly, we fall into an entirely different rabbit-hole of procrastination. We find ourselves aimlessly browsing social media sites for hours on end, checking emails, then sneaking in some TV-watching before finally waking up to realize that what we originally intended to do is still sitting unfinished.
The best thing to do is to take control of this bad habit and stop the process before it gets out of hand. There are many ways that you can stop the procrastination process, such as setting deadlines for yourself or creating a list of tasks for the day ahead.
4. Avoiding Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is a difficult thing to avoid. It can be tempting, especially when you are surrounded by friends who want to do something you think is counterproductive. Although many people think that peer pressure is an inevitable part of growing up, it's possible to avoid the ill effects of this pressure. By knowing yourself and what you want for your life, it will be easier to turn down the suggestions of others. It's also a good idea to have friends that share similar interests and that are in a similar place in their lives as you are.
The best way to avoid peer pressure is the “just say no” approach. Saying no assertively in front of your friends will show them that you have conviction in your beliefs and are not afraid to go against the crowd.
5. Think about Hiring a Personal Trainer
Ideally, anyone who is trying to live a healthy lifestyle should consult the help of a personal trainer. Personal trainers can provide knowledge on diet, exercise and even give you a workout plan that will work with your schedule.
Hiring a personal trainer is one way to ensure you achieve your fitness goals. On top of helping, you stay on track with your workouts and push yourself to do better. The right trainer can make a workout more fun than it would be by yourself.
There you have it... 5 tips that will help juggle your workouts with a full college schedule. We hope this blog was able to help you out with your workout routine. It’s important to make time for things that are important to you, and if your workouts are a big part of your life, then we’re here to help you figure out how to make it work! If you have any other questions or concerns about your workout routine, please contact us anytime through our Contact Us page. Thank you for reading, we’re always excited when one of our posts can provide useful information on a topic like this!