Now that work’s begun for real, you decide it’s time to get back to the gym and get your fitness back on track… but there is so much to read and so many socials to go to… and it’s all so much effort.
Let’s face it, we all have days (often more regularly then we care to admit) where we decide it’s better to go to the Ram than to the gym. So how are we all going to stay fit with an increasing academic schedule and social life?
Help is at hand. Here are my top tips for keeping fit with a busy schedule!
Decide to go to a class
BodySoc is an amazing society and much cheaper than many alternatives. If you make sure you attend at least one a week then, no matter how lazy the rest of your week is, you know you had one good hour-long workout only for a pound! There are loads of other fitness classes within Exeter too, so find one that suit your schedule, budget and beginning fitness level!
Get a pedometer and use your feet!
We live in such a hilly campus and town that just getting to your lectures or to the shops is a good workout. If you have a pedometer you can make sure you are getting your recommended (10,000) steps a day, and you can push yourself to increase those steps slowly until you can do a marathon without sweating!
Have a night out!
I am not recommending that you drink excessively beforehand but dancing for hours in a nightclub is a very fun way of exercising whilst having a great time. Next time you go for a night out, don’t sit and have a pint, go and dance until the lights come on! (Just make sure to wear sensible shoes ladies!)
Half an hour is all it takes!
Set aside half an hour every other day that you leave solely for exercise. Obviously on some days this is unachievable, but if you aim for half an hour of day of exercise then you will get fit in no time. Go for a jog around our beautiful campus or spend some time doing pilates or yoga on your bedroom floor (get permission of the flat below before trying any cardio in your room!) and you will get used to moving even if it is just a slow pace of gentle yoga that feels right for your body.
YouTube is not only a place for watching funny vines and music videos. It is a lifesaver for staying fit! There are videos and exercise classes for every type of workout. I personally love Blogilates, which has videos of intense Pilates classes as well as fun pumping full body, ab or leg workouts. Cassie is so inspiring and she even has a free monthly calendar of videos to follow to get fit and have hard abs in no time at all! If you want something more intense or some proper hardcore workouts try XHIT for some great personal training sessions. If those are not for you then there are plenty of yoga classes online and my personal favourites are SarahBethYoga or YogawithAdriene, both of whom offer a wide variety of gentle practises and full-body power vinyassa workouts to get your body strong and fit, no matter how little time you have.
So don’t feel too guilty about missing that planned early morning run due to a hangover or last minute essay writing, just ensure you find other ways to stay fit and stay active! Remember that fitness is a journey and is something that is supposed to be fun and achievable, so making time for it will become easier with practise!