How to Stick to Your Fitness Plan and a Chance to Win $400
You’re determined not to gain the Freshman 15 and you know that means you’ve got to include regular workouts throughout the week.
But let’s face it, with everything else you have to juggle in college, squeezing in that daily workout often proves to be a lot more challenging than you’d like it to be. All too often you start out the week pumped up and determined to stick to your healthy plan but when the weekend comes around you realize you’ve only gone out for a run twice… And before you know it you give up on that workout thing all together.
Yes sticking to your plan is challenging, but as we explored on Monday, success in all things comes from developing habits and the surest way to make fitness a regular part of your life is to turn it into a daily habit.
Here are seven simple steps you can take to make regular exercise a healthy habit no matter what.
Schedule Your Workouts
You are much more likely to get your workout in every day if it’s on your calendar. By scheduling your workouts you are blocking out a chunk of time for it every day. You are also reminding yourself that working out is important to you.
Take out your calendar and block out your classes. Estimate how much time you need to allocate for home work every day then pad that by a half hour or so. Add time for meals. And now block out a half hour to an hour for exercise every day. If you can schedule your workout at the same day every day that is ideal as it will easily become a habit. Depending on your course work that may be challenging but no matter what, block out some time every day and then commit to sticking to your schedule no matter what.
Grab a Partner
It’s a lot easier to make it to the campus gym or head out for a half hour run when you’ve got someone to share the pain with. A partner keeps you accountable and makes time go by much faster. A partner will also push you to do your best and keep you motivated on the days you might be inclined to skip your workout altogether or somehow cut it short. Make sure you chose a partner with similar goals and who is available at the time you’ve blocked out on your schedule.
Keep it Fun
No matter how committed you are to staying in shape if you hate running don’t commit to a daily run. Find an activity that gets you excited, something you look forward to doing every day. Every campus has a host of options to choose from and if for some crazy reason you can’t find what you’re looking for, check out the fitness centers in town.
Keep it Simple
Don’t try to do too much or you’ll get discouraged real fast. If you like to run, run every other day and add some weight training on your off days. Or do a short run and lift session every other day and a longer run in between. The simpler your schedule the more likely you are to stick to it. Don’t schedule a different activity for every single day.
Keep Track of Your Progress
A journal is a wonderful tool for staying on track with your fitness goal. You can write down weekly or monthly goals, a summary of what you accomplished each day, how you felt, whether your workout was easy or hard and why…. If you’re lifting weights, how much, how many sets of how many reps. If you’re swimming or cycling, what distance in how much time? Are you going for distance of sprints or alternating between the two?
Your journal is a great way to keep track of your progress and a wonderful tool for planning future workout sessions and setting new goals. This is your tool for keeping yourself accountable so be completely honest.
Join a Team
Intramural sports are a super fun way to get exercise and socialize. Most schools have dozens of teams so you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy. You’ll benefit from teammates and a coach who’ll lay out the workouts for you and most likely give you nutrition tips as well. Ad: 2016 new beach wedding dress collection at bridalfeel.com
Give yourself a break once a week. Take Sundays off or do something less physically demanding. If you’re burning the midnight oil every night you’ll need this day to catch up on missed sleep. Rest is important.
Need a little extra incentive?
I’m exited to have partnered with United Healthcare to help keep you motivated to stick to a regular fitness plan.
Throughout the month of August, snap a photo of your daily fitness activity and share it across your social media channels or upload it to wedareyoutoshare.com for a chance to win a $400 gift card or one of 4 $25 weekly prizes.
This post is sponsored by United healthcare. All opinions are my own.
How’s that for motivation?
Remember, whether you win this month’s dare or not, if you commit to your daily workout you win big times! So get out there and get active and say “No” to the freshman 15.
Be a good friend and share this post with your buddies so they too can participate in this month’s dare and you never know, if they win they just might spread the wealth no?