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Going to the gym and losing more weight has been people’s New Year resolution for years. But after February, some act as if they forgot what a gym is! A study on StatisticsBrain.com states that only 9 percent of citizens stick to their New Year resolutions and accomplish them by the end of the year.
If your resolution was to go to the gym more, have you done so? And if so, how often? The fitness center is an asset that we have already paid for, and if you’re not using it, you’re wasting money.
Maybe you keep forgetting. Maybe you have classes non-stop. Maybe you have three jobs, one internship, and chapter commitments. It might seem difficult to squeeze working out into your rigorous college schedule, but it’s definitely possible.
There’s a quote that goes, “If it’s important to you, you’ll find time. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” You’ve made enough excuses. Here’s how to make time.
1. Workout with friends
Teamwork makes the dream work, and partner exercises are amazing. Find someone who also wants to workout more this semester and set up workout dates with them. Are you into the athletic type but aren’t athletic yourself? Easy: find some hunk/fit chick who you know likes to work out and see if they can show you the ropes. No awkward conversations required! You can also have competitions with regular friends and see who can do the most burpees or hold the longest plank. (Good luck with those by the way).
2. Wake up earlier
This is the solution to getting much more work done, especially if you think you’re too busy for it. Wake up an hour or two before you normally would and hit the gym first thing in the morning (after a nutritious breakfast, of course). You’ll feel refreshed getting it out of the way so you can focus on the other demands of the day.
3. Schedule it in
If you forget to go to the gym because you’re so busy, don’t prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities! Yes, we know classes and meetings are important, but your health and self-development are just as important—if not, more! If you like to-do lists, put working out at the top and write it multiple times in different places. You don’t have to work out more than once a day, but it puts more pressure on going to the gym.
If you like putting reminders on your phone, make one. Analyze your schedule and figure out what times you have available to your disposal every day. Put in a daily reminder to go to the gym at that time.
4. Find out what’s wasting your time in a day
Social media is wasting your time. Netflix is wasting your time. You have goals to accomplish and if you’re involved in a daily ineffective activity that’s not helping you approach these goals, you’re wasting your time.
Lots of people think working out and going to the gym is supposed to be something long and grueling, but a workout can be as short as 15 minutes if you need it to be. 30 is optimal, but if you think you’re really pressed for time, there are several short workouts on Youtube that you can follow.
In order to crush your resolutions for the new year, you’ve got to make time for them daily. In the beginning, it won’t matter how long. All that matters is how frequently because that’s how habits are born.