The College Girl’s Guide to Working Out

Hi! Today, I wanted to talk about exercise and working out. People tend to have strong opinions about this subject. Someone might be thinking, “Ugh, I hate working out. It’s such a pain” or “Wow! I feel great after doing a vinyasa yoga class!”. I’m somewhere in the middle. I don’t always want to workout, but when I do, I know it makes me feel less stressed and allows me to keep up my energy throughout the day. I think the idea of exercise is worse than actually doing it. Once you can get into a routine, working out becomes much easier. It’ll become a part of your daily schedule without much hassle. Today, I’ll share some of my tips on creating a consistent workout routine and what exactly I do when I exercise.

I usually like to go to the gym to workout, but a gym membership is not essential to getting in shape. There are plenty of creative ways to get in some great exercise. And yes, even if you’re busy, you can fit it into your routine. I promise. Even just 10-15 minutes will make your day better. Also, I’m participating in a fun event that’s happening in Grant Park on May 14th called Wanderlust! It’s like a non-traditional triathlon of a 5K walk/run, yoga and meditation. I thought it would be a good way to meet new people and do something healthy, challenging and rewarding. I’m super excited to see what the classes are like! I’ll do a blog post about my experience there. Here are my tips for getting started:

  1. Write down or record workouts in your phone. Make sure to add into your calendar because it makes you more accountable. For example, if it’s Sunday evening, I could add to my calendar that I’m working out on Monday at 10 AM. If you know ahead of time that you’re working out, you can prepare in advance.
  2. Put out your workout clothes the night before or you can sleep in them. I’ve done both and this seriously helps. It’s a subtle reminder of your future workout. If you sleep in comfy workout clothes, all you have to do is put on the shoes and head out the door. Make sure to have your gym bag packed too!
  3. Have an awesome playlist with upbeat, catchy songs. My top 10 workout songs are these: Titanium by David Guetta & Sia, Confident by Demi Lovato, Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, Kick the Dust Up by Luke Bryan, Black Widow by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, Perfect Day by Hoku, Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding, All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor, Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus and In the Night by The Weeknd. I like a good mix of pop and country! Let me know what songs you listen to while working out in the comments – I’d love to find some additional songs to add to my playlist. It’s different for each person, these are my personal preferences. Think of a song that inspires you and start there. Titanium helped me get through my black belt screenings. It reminded me that I should get up and keep going even when I’m physically and mentally struggling.
  4. Find something you enjoy doing! For me, I like kickboxing and yoga. Try a class if you can. You’ll get a better idea of what you enjoy if you go out of your comfort zone. There’s such a variety of options – from running to pilates to ballet. If you don’t like what you’re doing, it’s unlikely that you’ll stay consistent with your exercise routine.
  5. Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone has to start somewhere. You’re on your own fitness journey. People are so concerned with their own lives that they won’t notice what you’re doing on the treadmill. It’s not easy to start but once you do it’s definitely worth it. Results take time. More than just a day or a week. Start out small and work your way towards a specific goal. Ask for help along the way.

Also, here are some helpful videos for additional exercise inspiration:

Cambria Joy – Exercise Inspiration Video

Yoga with Adriene YouTube Channel

Nikki Phillippi – Exercise Motivation Video

Good luck on your workout! You got this! Soon, you’ll be looking great and feeling fabulous. This is our year to kick ass. 🙂



*Images from Pinterest, not my own

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