Take your workout to the streets (or the dorm)

Although going to the gym is a great idea and beneficial to your health, we have to face the facts: we don’t always have the time or energy to dedicate to a trip. Sometimes, we want to just enjoy the outdoors or change up our routine. And that is perfectly fine. But instead of making excuses as to why you can’t work out because you can’t make it to the gym, I’m going to give you some great ideas for working out in other places of your choosing.

Outdoors

You can do almost anything outside, but I’ll just give you the most common workouts as well as the ones I enjoy the most. The first one most people think of is running. Running is a great outdoor workout and a fun way to explore. There are many apps available for you to measure the distance as you run or you can time yourself. Whatever the case may be, in order to improve, you must continue to intensify the workout in some way. Otherwise you will plateau.If you have an open stadium like the University of Florida does, you can run stadiums, which will give different muscles in your legs a workout because of the incline.

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Another great outdoor workout (especially because you have a lot more space) is jump roping. Jump ropes are cheap and easy to use and as well as a great cardio workout. Of course, there are many outdoor sports you can play, such as volleyball, tennis and basketball. Many of them are connected with gyms so if you have the extra time, you can double your workout. A final outdoor workout that exercises both your muscles and heart is swimming. Swimming is an intense workout that will burn calories as well as work out most of the muscles in your body. It is not to be underestimated.

Indoors

Maybe you just want to workout in your room or at your friend’s house before a sleepover or a party. Or maybe it’s too late at night to leave your place. In any case, you can still get that hour of exercise in. The key is to find an exercise that doesn’t take up a lot of space. My best indoor workouts are usually not my idea. I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest. In the health and fitness section, you can find workouts ranging from beginner to advanced, as well as workouts targeting certain areas of the body. If you don’t have the time to search, or you prefer someone telling you what to do each day to maximize results, you can check out Blogilates. If you input your email you will receive a calendar each month with a list of YouTube videos for each day, and it’s all free. These workouts can be done at the gym or in your room, making them versatile and therefore much easier to stick to.

I hope you see that it’s not necessary to attend a gym or even go outside to work out all the time. Don’t make the excuses and you will get results. All it takes is dedication and the will to change.

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The journey to becoming a healthy student begins with a single step

Being healthy is never easy. It takes time and, in some cases, money. Of course, it’s the first few steps that are always the hardest.

As a college student, especially at the University of Florida, finding time to exercise and eat healthy seems twice as difficult as it is for anyone else. You don’t get to leave your work in the office. There is always an assignment to do or a paper to write or an exam to study for. When are you supposed to find time to make a healthy meal, or spend an hour at the gym? How are you supposed to find the money to buy a yoga mat, exercise ball, and all organic food?

No one should have to sacrifice their health for a good education. Just as you exercise your mind, you must also keep your body in good condition. The purpose of this blog is to help the average college student realize that while being healthy does require work, it’s not as hard as it seems. Where there is a will, there is a way.

There are no trick diets or days of starvation. There are also no impossible workouts like swimming across an ocean or training to become a ninja. Luckily, there are definitely no expensive equipment or food lists. Everything is made to be simple and attainable for all college students. This is for all the students that don’t know where to begin or if being healthy in college is even possible. Have faith, because it is.

All you have to do is make a choice. You must decide that being healthy is something you are willing to work for, just like you work for the A in that really hard class that won’t let you rest. Once you decide that, nothing is too difficult because you are willing to do what it takes. Just imagine where you want to be a year from now. The only thing left to do is achieve it.

Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And although you may not be running a thousand miles — or even walking them — that first step is crucial.