The last few weeks have been crazy. Im just starting my second year at university where I study Kinesiology. I am making it a goal of mine to write a post at least once every 2 weeks, if not more. With being an student as well as an athlete comes many responsibilities and hard work, and I am still trying to find a balance between the two. I hope to write about tips and tricks that I have in my daily routine to keep on top of my fitness as well as my studies. Keys to success! Todays topic: EXCUSES.
Just a little update before the real stuff:
One of my proudest accomplishments that happened this past summer was getting my Personal Training Certification. This is something that I put a lot of hard work towards and something that I am passionate about. I am still waiting until I get a little more settled down and organized for my second year before I start offering personalized fitness programs. I am also working on developing an Ebook that can be purchased. Details to come eventually! (Also, I just created a new fitness instagram account, because I feel like I'm being annoying to all of my personal followers that don't want to see constant fitness stuff lol. So follow leahwillfitness on Insta!)
Anyways, one of the biggest challenges that any post secondary student faces is finding time to exercise. It seems so simple doesn't it? If only! Looking around even where I am sitting right now I can clearly see that more than half the people around me aren't in the best shape. It's an evident problem that were facing in the world today, not just at university. However, it is more predominant and increasingly so in students because lets face it, were crazy busy people. But I believe that ANYONE has the power to find that balance and maintain a healthy lifestyle while maintaining high grades. It can be done!
Each year, so many students lose valuable academic time due to poor physical and mental health, which causes them to become sick, tired, unmotivated and lazy. Some of these qualities can continue for life if nothing is done about them. These are things that can be changed by making smart DAILY CHOICES about your lifestyle. For example, stress is clearly the biggest problem that university students face, and everyone manages stress in a different way. Often times the way that this stress is managed is through unhealthy choices.
So why is there an increase in unhealthy habits among university students? Excuses.
Don't say that you don't have TIME to go to the gym.
Everyone is busy. Everyone. Including me and other student athletes. But we still go and find time to be healthy. Wake up and go. Walk to the park to study. Go for a run between classes. Study break? Find a workout you can do at home and have fun with it. Workout with a friend! Motivate each other. You'll find time to go shopping or to sit on your phone and scroll through news feeds, so reverse that time and spend it doing SOMETHING. It doesn't even have to be in the gym.
Don't say that you're too TIRED to go to the gym or a class.
Exercise GIVES you energy! Have you ever finished a workout and then felt so much more alert after? You just have to walk through the door (thats the hardest part!) If you find yourself needing a nap around 2pm, then that should be telling you that you need to do some sort of physical activity. It could also be an indication that you ate too much sugar or caffeine in the morning and now you're crashing (don't do that!!)
Think about your lifestyle. What are you doing that is so important that you're putting your own health at risk? Too tired at the end of the day to workout? Try a morning session. Sure this might suck a little for a while but after a few mornings you will be happy you started. Being tired, craving sugar and crashing at the end of the day is NOT healthy!
Don't that you work too much or have too much school work to do.
I personally have a full course load, play on 2 competitive curling teams and I still manage to go to the gym 5-6 times a week. I get stressed if I DON'T go. It's a way to just forget about all the other things I have going and focus on getting a good workout in. Even over the summer I worked two jobs 6-7 days a week and I still went. I'm not saying I'm perfect. I'm not saying there weren't times that I wish I could just lay in bed and not do a single thing, because there were times that that happened. But I would always feel so much more accomplished and happy with myself once I completed my workout. If you really want to get healthy, you will. If you want to sit and watch TV and do nothing, then you will. Its that simple, you either do it or you don't. Wake up earlier. If you can't get to a gym that day, walk a little father, take the stairs and be active with your day. There is always something you can do to be active and increase your health.
What choices do you make in these situations where you have doubt and you're unmotivated? It's never too late to change. The sooner you trade an unhealthy behaviour for a healthy one, the longer you'll be around to enjoy the benefits.