Here’s How to Actually Get to the Gym This Semester

Hey y’all! It’s mid-January and it’s around the time when people start falling off track for their New Year’s resolutions (or goals as I like to call them), or people just haven’t even started working on them yet. If one of your goals is to get fit this year and you fit either situation above, I’ve got you covered! Finding a fitness routine is a struggle for most people because they feel like the “don’t have the time,” and getting to the gym is a hassle. Let me tell you right here and now. You DO have the time. It’s just a matter of you pulling through with your goals.

Getting to the gym doesn't have to be hard. Here are some tips to make sure you pull through with those fitness goals.

If this is your first time really wanting to hit the gym, it can be so intimidating! You’re surrounded by all these tough-looking guys who walk around like they own the place, and there’s hardly a girl to be found in the weight section. So, to fit in, you just head to the cardio section and start running on the treadmill or walk/run/float on the elliptical. What do you even call that? Because technically you’re not walking or running, you’re just kind of suspended there moving your legs. Anyways, you’re just there dying of boredom doing cardio so you just decide that maybe working out and getting fit just isn’t for you. And that right there is the end of your fitness journey.

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A Fitness Journey Never Ends

The gym has changed me. The gym has changed me not just physically, but also mentally. I no longer look at myself, critiquing my body every time I pass by a mirror. I don’t hate how big my calves are in comparison to my thighs. I no longer feel the need to find something wrong with my body. I spent too many days, months, and years disliking parts of my body hoping it’d magically fix itself overnight. Guess what? It won’t.

Achieving fitness goals in college & how the gym saved my life

Body confidence had been an issue for a while. I’ve always been a small, petite person, but people always commented how I needed to put on weight because I looked too small or how I was so short or how my hair looked better straight than curly. Yeah those comments bothered me, but they bothered me more when I gained 10 pounds freshman year. I know 10 pounds may not seem like a lot of weight to some people, but I went into my freshman year weighing 110 pounds, and that 10 pound gain is close to almost 10% of my body weight. My freshman year was more difficult than good – struggling to fit in, not getting along with floor mates, and feeling isolated and lonely. Add a 10% weight gain to that, and life was awful. I felt terrible about the way I looked, wishing the weight would just go away. KEEP READING “A Fitness Journey Never Ends”

How to Find Time for the Gym in College

Let’s be honest, we all come to college with this grand idea of going to the gym every day. There’s a free fitness center at our fingertips and maybe just maybe we’ll all get that dream body that we’ve wanted for forever. You start out strong, hitting the gym a few times during the first week of class, but then the stress and assignments start setting in and going to the gym becomes more of a chore than something you enjoy doing.

Wanting to get into a gym routine while in college? Here's some tips for how to find time for the gym!

By the end of the semester, the gym is a complete afterthought and then when you can’t fit into your favorite pair of jeans, you get frustrated with yourself because if only you’d stuck it out and gone to the gym as much as you had wanted to, you wouldn’t be in the position you’re in now. All of this can be boiled down into one quote: failing to plan is planning to fail.

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Go-To Smoothie

This week has been insane. Usually I don’t write the post the night before, but between 6 AM workouts, rehearsing for a wedding, and starting my new internship, I just haven’t had time to blog. But, I’m determined to stay on my schedule! Today I have my go-to breakfast smoothie that I drink almost every morning. It’s easy to just grab out of the fridge and drink on my way to work. If you like pineapple, mango, and strawberries, you’re going to love this smoothie!

breakfast smoothie

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My Fitness Journey

Today I’m going to get a little more personal than I usually do in my posts. I am talking about fitness, my struggles and triumphs with fitness, and how it’s changed my outlook on life. I feel that sometimes, especially with girls, we think that we have to have this perfect body, that we can’t gain weight, and that if you don’t fit a specific stereotype, it’s not okay. Today I want to share how none of that is true and that all that really matters is your own happiness, whether that be from working out or sitting on the couch devouring a bag of chips (because tbh, both of those things make me very happy).

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The world paints a really distorted view of being healthy or being in shape. Society highlights all of these teeny tiny models with itty bitty waists and that’s our view of healthy. Now, I’m not saying that these models aren’t healthy. KEEP READING “My Fitness Journey”

Staying Healthy in College

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some salad-loving, exercise junkie. I’m a college student. I love a nice bowl of ramen at midnight or a spontaneous large milkshake from Marble Slab. I’ve tried so hard to avoid gaining that notorious Freshman 15, and I’ve really only gained about 8ish pounds. I attribute some of that to muscle. Walking 20,000+ steps a day will do wonders to your legs . But, after spending my first semester bingeing on ramen and candy and chips, I’ve learned to change my ways.

tips for staying healthy in college

Let me just start out by saying that claiming you want to “be healthy” is a lot harder than it seems. Being healthy is a lifestyle change. It doesn’t happen overnight or in a week or even in a month. It takes 21 days to break a habit, and an unhealthy lifestyle is a habit. KEEP READING “Staying Healthy in College”