Summer is the season that motivates all to want to get in shape. Starting an exercise routine is not always easy, especially for busy college students. Between working to save money, possibly some summer classes, preparing for the next college semester, and still trying to have a social life with family and friends – finding time, energy, and ideas to work out can be stressful. Here are a four steps for starting a fitness plan:
Motivation is the key for success. Why do you want to exercise? Your answer to this question is the goal you want to reach: to lose weight, to improve your cardio, or to just be healthier. Having a goal will motivate you to work out so that you actually want to do it. This will make the process a lot more fun and easier to accomplish.
It is a lot easier to commit to something when it happens consistently at the same time. Make it a point to go to the gym on the same days and around the same time. Some prefer going to the gym in the morning, while others prefer to go at the end of the day. Make a schedule that is comfortable for you that you can easily commit to.
Do not exercise every muscle every time you work out. Make a routine that will focus on one or two parts of your body at a time. You do not want your whole body to be sore and you also do not have all day to work on every area. I like to work on arms and abs one day, then legs and abs the next while doing cardio at the end of every routine. I also recommend to go three or four times a week. Do not go every day – allow your body recovery and relaxation time.
Do not jump into exercising full-on. You will tire yourself out and not allow your body the proper time to adjust, which will make you feel like you have to force yourself and may make you want to quit. Take your time getting used to the exercise and start slow. Over time, increase intensity or duration as your body adapts.
These four steps are the basics to starting any fitness plan. Remember that starting an exercise routine takes time and patience. You can do it! Good luck!