Summer is coming to an end and for many students that means less time, cooler weather and a lack of motivation. However, if you’re not a student, the end of summer may mean it’ s time to get back to your exercise routine after a busy summer.
Whether you’re going back to school or your kids are, it can be difficult to stick to a consistent schedule. However, your physical health should always be a priority and should not be overlooked. Here are 7 back to school workout tips that will help you incorporate fitness into this busy season.
1. Start Now: Starting now is the first and most essential step! Don’t wait until next month, next week or tomorrow. The sooner you establish a routine the harder it will be to abandon it. Like most things, change takes time. So, the sooner you start the easier it will be to establish a healthy workout routine.
2. Schedule It: Setting a fixed time for your workout reduces the chances of you skipping it. It only takes a few seconds for you to find a time that works and then quickly mark it down in your phone, calendar or journal. You are more likely to complete a task if you write it down on paper or set a reminder on your phone. This will help you feel organized and on the top of your game. This will be especially helpful during exam season, allowing you to plan around your tests and studying.
3. Buddy System: Accountability is a great way to stay on track. Though it may be difficult to coordinate schedules, a workout buddy will increase the likelihood of making it to the gym. Not to mention that it makes working out more fun and exciting.
Try joining a community sports league or an intramural organization. They are abundant on campus and are a great way to stay active and make friends.
4. Stay at Home: Save time by completing your workouts at home. Whether you live in a cramped dorm or small space, there are tons of home gym options that will suit your needs and capabilities. With the options that are available today, there’s no excuse to not work out at home.
Get creative! There are bodyweight workouts you can practice at home as well. Try running stairs, jogging around the block, jumping rope or biking to school. This allows you to maximize your time and it’s much easier to fit in your busy schedule.
5. New Workouts: Spice things up by introducing new workouts throughout the week. This will help keep you motivated. It also gives you a chance to work out different muscle groups, adding variety to your fitness routine.
6. Playlists: Create a killer playlist or download audiobooks. Maximize your time at the gym by exercising your brain. Use this time to check out some new music or download an audiobook! It’s a great way to consume valuable information while still getting a sweat on.
7. Quick Workouts: Even a quick 15-30 minutes on the bike or track is good for you. This can happen in-between study breaks, before going to bed, right after waking up, between classes and more. Everyone has small pockets of extra time, take advantage of them. If you’re looking to torch calories quickly, try a HIIT workout!
How do you plan or refreshing your fitness routine this fall?