Ever since the start of college I have been adjusting to not being able to work out every day. In high school, I was active in my gym every single day. Now after being in college for almost three months now, I think that I have found a few easy ways on how to be active on a busy schedule.
The first way I have found to be active is walking. Recently, I have learned that I cannot bring my car wherever I go so, the alternative has been walking. Walking has many benefits. Some of them being increased vitamin D levels, reducing body fat, boosts endurance, better bone strength, healthier heart, and my favorite; getting to look at the nature around you.
A very easy way to be more active is taking the stairs. By taking the stairs you burn more calories than you would by running. By skipping the elevator, you might end up taking the stairs close to ten times and at the end of the day, you will have more calories burned than you normally would have. Using the stairs is just an easy opportunity to be just a little bit more active than normal and is an easy alternative.
Another way that I have found to exercise is cleaning. Studies show that when you clean, you can burn up to 170 calories, depending on your weight. When you clean, you are constantly moving and more than likely holding something in your hands. Another upside of cleaning is it can be a form of meditation for some people and it is shown that having a clean house relieves stress. When I clean, I like to put on music and dance around. It makes the time go by quicker and it is just fun to do in general.
My favorite way that I have found to be active is to participate in intramurals. While this only applies to college students, there are leagues of sports to play in for young adults in certain towns. Intramurals allow you to run around playing whatever sport it might be for an hour and a half. Getting involved with intramurals also gives you the opportunity to meet new people. If you participate in an intramural you will more than likely be practicing for over an hour. By practicing for over an hour you most definitely have gotten your exercise in for the day.
I recently found out that we have a student recreational center at my college, and I have been using it to my advantage. The student rec center is an actual gym plus it has a pool and a basketball court. The center has spin classes, a track, weight room, Yoga, Bosu, Pilates, Zumba, and many more. Your local student recreational center is one of the most perfect ways to get in shape or just burn a few calories. Personally, I have two favorite classes at my local student recreational center. The first one is cycle, AKA spin. I am not joking when I say that anyone can do spin. It is high intensity, builds muscle definition, and shaves off unwanted fat. Spinning mainly focuses on toning the core, glutes, and thighs. My second favorite class is called Pure Muscle. Pure muscle class is also a high intensity class. In this class you will use many different movements and pieces of equipment. When doing the Pure Muscle class, you will tone or build muscle; you will also get a higher calorie burn. Another thing to do in the student recreational center is swim laps in the pool. Swimming is proven to make you feel relaxed and is a low-impact workout as well as a full body workout.
The best way to stay motivated to be active is to find a workout partner. By having a workout partner, you can hold each other accountable to be active. My workout partner and I motivate each other to get up and be productive, even if it is just going to walk around target. By having a workout partner, you are more than likely going to have fun because you will have someone to talk to.
A way that I have found to personally motivate myself to workout is buying cute and trendy workout clothes. I have discovered that I am more likely to go to the gym after class if I am wearing my workout clothes. Having workout clothes that make you feel confident, cute, and makes you feel and motivated about yourself.
Not being as active as I used to be due to a busy schedule has definitely been an adjustment but thankfully, I have found people to hold me accountable to my activity levels and super easy ways to be active. Hopefully, in the future I can find other easy alternatives to being active on a busy schedule.