Why was it so much easier to stay fit in high school? We didn’t do anything different, right? But think about it- in high school we ate breakfast before school, lunch during school, went straight to sports practice, and ate a home-cooked meal by Mom or Dad along with a sweet treat before bed. You were held accountable to show up to your scheduled soccer, volleyball, or track practices where you would burn hundreds of calories per day. You come to college and all of the sudden the gym is so far and the classes are making you so tired and the pounds seem to sneak up on you. If you don’t have the motivation to go to the gym every day, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Do you know how many days I wake up thinking how much easier it would be to skip the gym and do anything else? But when I think about the feeling I have when I’m done with a workout or how I am that much closer to attaining my goals, it gets me out of bed, and gets me movin’.
So you’ve gotten that far- you put on your tennis shoes and you walk into the gym. Now what? When I began my fitness journey I would finally gain the motivation to hit the gym everyday, but I had no idea what I was doing. Maybe a half an hour of running, some abs, maybe throw in a few arm workouts here and there, but other than that, I had no variety in my workouts. I was what some would call a “cardio bunny.” I found myself very tired with very consistent results; but I didn’t want consistent results, I wanted to see myself get better and stronger. After following many fitness accounts and getting inspired by these strong women, I decided to venture over to the weights (scary, I know). I researched different weight circuits and routines to do on the treadmill and finally saw my muscles growing in ways I never thought they would. I wasn’t “bulking up” like the rumors you hear when girls start lifting, but I was burning fat easier and finding myself with more energy throughout the day.
Trust me when I say that when you go to the gym, you need a plan. I put together a list of things to keep in mind while hitting the gym whether you are still in college, or out in the real world.
Make a plan- don’t just show up to the gym and expect different machines to jump out at you telling you to use them. There are great fitness plans out there that fit your fitness needs; Google does wonders.
Make it a part of your daily routine- Just like class, work, or a meeting, you are expected to show up on time, and give your best performance. Treat your workout as a daily routine that you pencil into your schedule and fit your plans around it. I’ve missed many happy hours to hit the gym and I don’t ever regret a second of it.
Don’t be scared of the weights- I’m not a fan of the ratio of guys to girls in the weight room; ladies, let's change this. I completely understand that girls are intimidated by the weight room, but tell me how many times you’ve seen a girl pumping iron and thought “wow you go gf.” Don’t be afraid of looking stupid- everyone will give you props and if someone’s judging you, they’re the insecure ones.
Grab a partner..or don’t- it’s whatever works for you. Personally, I like doing my own thing and not worrying about the speed of someone else’s workout compared to mine. However, some people like that workout buddy to motivate them. Whether you have a partner or not, don’t compare yourself to them. Everyone’s bodies are different and work at different paces.
Take advantage of the free fitness classes- These are great for when your motivation is at an all time low. Sometimes it takes someone screaming at me to break a sweat and I am completely O.K with that.
Listen to your body- I’ve always had a hard time with this one. I’ve always been one to push my limits and I’ve ended up on bed rest for months because of it. If you need to take a day or even a week off, do it. It’ll be worth it in the long run for better workouts in the future.
I do take a stimulant before I workout, but I’m not going to touch on that subject for health risks. If you want advice on the best pre-workouts (for women and men), send me a message below! I’ve tested a lot of types so I’m familiar with different brands.
So moving on to my daily routine when I go to the gym:
My workout currently consists of doing Kayla Itsines’ circuit traning workout MWF and cardio on TR. If you want to purchase Kayla’s workout, let me know and I’ll let you know how! Her workouts have saved my life and I have definitely seen improvements from them. I’ve been having back injuries lately so I have to take some time off of Kayla so I’ve gone to http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/find-a-plan.html for an alternate workout.
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If you are struggling with your gym routine or how to get motivation please reach out to me in the messages below!