Regardless of how you spent your summer, chances are, designating time to work out was often lower on your list of priorities – perhaps somewhere between ‘OMG these pina coladas are amazing’ and ‘Yes I will work late so I can flirt with that intern who resembles Ryan Gosling.’ As many of us begin our fall semesters, we leave behind a summer full of fun barbecues (and the delicious foods they entail), and lazy beach days that had us non-stop sweating…from laying out in the sun. If you’re anything like me, you might look back and realize you probably could have worked out a little more than you did. And that was when we had free time: what happens now with classes, schoolwork, meetings, and the demands of maintaining our social life/sanity?
Like most college students, I have the same concerns. This is where ShapeU comes in: a column that will serve as a resource for busy students to find fun, result-oriented workouts that are easy to follow and fit the needs of various lifestyles. Fortunately for me, I’m a group fitness instructor at my university, so I will admit I have a slight advantage. The whole ‘getting paid to workout’ thing aside, fitness classes are a great way to stay active, but not necessarily as great when you’re the one doing the teaching – I’ve learned this the hard way. Even I struggle to make time in my day for an effective work out that won’t leave me exhausted or scrambling to get to class.
My goal is to help provide readers with effective cardio and strength/toning work outs that target specific body-parts and cater to anyone from a seasoned gym-goer with a VIP membership, to a beginner who prefers to workout in their dorm room, all while keeping the time it takes to complete the workout under an hour.
Now that my semester has begun and I’m settled into my new apartment (with a French-themed bathroom that would make Coco Chanel envious), I’m beginning to get back into a routine. Planning is key, and knowing what works best for you in terms of when to work out is even more crucial. Find your thing! Whether you work best in the morning before class, during your long breaks, or even at night after dinner, the best way to ensure your workout is successful is to first ensure you will be happy working out, not grumpy after biology or groggy first waking up. The next hurdle is actually bringing yourself to complete a full workout – and let’s admit it, sometimes getting up to work out is like asking Snooki not to make a fool of herself in public…it doesn’t happen. To transition from that lazy, care-free summer stupor into the mindset of a hard working fitness enthusiast: take it slow! You’ll never look forward to a workout if you overload too fast, so take your time, start with the easier stuff, build your way up.
Are you ready to get in great shape, learn the facts about the workouts you complete and have fun while you do it? You better bookmark this page and get ready to tune in every Tuesday for some great exercise routines and fitness tips that will leave you refreshed, with time to finish that overdue English paper…or, to catch up on some E! News: who doesn’t love some celebrity gossip, after all?