By Kristina Valdez
I have a love-hate relationship with working out. I hate having to carve out time to change, sweat and shower afterwards. But, I love unplugging my brain, plugging in my headphones and just moving my body on a machine.
While the motivation is there, I find it hard to block out time to get my workout in. I work 20 hours a week, write for an online magazine and go to school for 17 hours a week. That is not including my sad attempts at joining clubs and having a social life. Whenever I get a spontaneous burst of free time, I would rather sleep or scroll blankly on my Instagram feed.
But, I want to remain fit and healthy. Working out is not just about looking good, it is about feeling good. I need to sweat out toxins and revile in added endorphins. There is a way you can work out like the busy college student you are and I’m going to give you a few tips that help me during the busy semester.
TIP: Write it in Your Planner
If I don’t write it down in my planner, I won’t remember. If you are great about telling yourself that you are going to work out that day and then you do it, snaps to you. But, if you get a whirlwind of things that distract you, write it down. If you know at 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 p.m., you are going to work out, you will be mentally prepared and can have clothes laid out ready for you.
This will also help you learn if you do better working out in the morning or at night.
TIP: Utilize your resources
Not all colleges have indoor gyms free to use, but Baylor has a free gym as well as yoga, cycling and other classes you can buy for the entire semester — or just a year. I signed up for the workout classes, Group X, during my first year of college. I loved them. Whenever I had a big test coming up, I would look at the schedule and pick out a day I could do late night yoga before diving into my studying.
Classes are also great if you are not familiar with large gym.
TIP: Little workout burst matter
I take the stairs instead of the elevator to my apartment every day, given I am only on the second floor. But, it’s the little burst of workouts like taking the stairs or walking when you can that matter. Joanna Coles, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and current chief content officer of Hearst Magazine, has a treadmill in her office. She is constantly walking on her treadmill, replying to emails or shoe shopping. While we don’t have offices and on-hand treadmills to jump on, we can use the environment around us.