Working Out Every Day In College: Expectation VS Reality

I came into college thinking it was going to be a breeze. Finding time to work out will be so much easier, I thought to myself. After having school every day from 8 am to 3 pm and immediately going to volleyball practice until 7 pm, I figured squeezing in an hour long yoga class or KAMPS class would seem like nothing. I quickly found out that was not the case.

Working out is very important to me. It helps me study more efficiently, allows me to destress especially during times like finals and midterms, and it is fun to go to workout classes with friends. However, although it may seem as though we have all the time in the world to workout, I have since realized that it is much easier said than done.

Although we may spend less time in actual lectures, between studying, office hours, club meetings, and social events with friends, working out can definitely take a backseat.

The best trick that worked for me was sitting down with my schedule and planning times to go to a workout class. It is too easy to think that you will find time in the day as you go, because most of the time something comes up and that doesn’t end up happening. Thus, I try to find a time every single day where I have a solid block of free time in between classes, and I sign up for my classes in advance so that I can’t bail (even if I sometimes want to)!

With these tips and the knowledge that you are not alone in this struggle, I hope that everyone can find a way to incorporate regular exercise in their busy, hectic college schedules. Good luck!

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