Here’s the truth: working out in college is difficult. I always prioritize school work over working out. However, today I made it a point to do both and something amazing has happened: I’ve been extremely productive after my workout! I haven’t worked out in months due to life craziness. Today I had a sudden burst of energy when I woke up (rarely happens, mind you) and I just felt like doing some exercise! I’ll admit, it was really rough. I looked up a quick workout on Pinterest and just went for it. Jumping jacks have never seemed so difficult. I realized how completely out of shape I am, but that’s okay because I’m choosing to fix it. If you’ve been meaning to workout, do yourself a favor and just do it! I can guarantee you that you can find 30 minutes of time to just do a quick workout instead of watching TV or scrolling through social media. I got a sudden burst of endorphins afterward and got so much done today! It truly has made me feel amazing.
The toughest part of establishing a workout routine is getting started, however it all gets easier from there! I am NO expert on fitness or healthy eating – I only speak for myself and what works best for me personally. Everyone is different, and after trying out several workouts, you can easily alter it to fit your own lifestyle.
Here’s a quick glimpse of my personal workout routine:
30 minutes of cardio
Around 150 crunches (alternating positions – regular, russian twists, bicycle crunches, etc.)
30 Butt Lifts
30 Tricep Dips
1-2 Minutes of Planking
1-2 Minutes of Wall Sitting
About 50 Squats
About 40 Lunges
150 Jumping Jacks
Weight Lifting (If Weights are Accessible and You’re Properly Trained)
80 Leg Lifts (altering in technique)
You can absolutely add or change things to fit your own personal taste. Some enjoy a full body workout and others prefer designated arm/leg days. I like watching Youtube videos and exploring Pinterest to find new workouts that I’ll enjoy. Working out isn’t about torturing yourself, it’s about creating a healthier, happier you. Your body deserves a consistent journey of love. Fall in love with taking care of yourself – mind, body, and soul. Don’t do anything that will hurt your body – pay attention to what feels good and what is painful for your muscles. Creating a unique routine will come with time.
It’s also important to eat a healthy meal afterwards! Your body deserves it!