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Is working out hard in college?

Many freshmen feel overwhelmed with the changes that come after high school and once they start college. This is not abnormal! And if you feel like you can't keep up, do not worry, you are not alone!

Students tend to say (and believe) they're not available for certain things during their college years. However, the only way to overcome this overwhelming feeling is by organizing your time and adhering to an organized schedule.

Students can maintain a GPA of 4, have a social life, and stay healthy. The main difference between the ones who do it and those who don't is that one believes they can and works hard for it.

If you are convinced that you don't have time to do your daily workouts because you are busy with other things, then you'll never make space in your life for it. However, if you commit to exercising, then you'll always find a few minutes every single day to do a training or workout routine.

Finding a balance between classes and having a social life can be hard, however, we bet you do find time to watch your favorite show on Netflix or to scroll on social media.

To make time to exercise as a college freshman you have to take a look at your habits and work to change what you don't like. After all, you pay attention to the things that you value, and as a student, we bet you value your classes, your social life, your time to rest, and your health.

Intense college gym workout
Doing a couple of workouts during the week can help your health but if you spend a few minutes of every day working on muscle strength, you'll be even better. Foto de Scott Webb on Unsplash

Instead of spending 30 minutes every morning on your phone, you can get up, ignore your phone, and do a quick 15-minute yoga routine. This way you will start your day with physical activity and you'll feel energized for the rest of the day.

If you are someone who is used to doing high-intensity training like cardio, lifting weights, or Crossfit, then you do need more than 15 minutes and you'll need to work harder on organizing your schedule.

To find other ways to organize your week you can learn how to make time to workout as a college student or you could consider hiring a private coach from Superprof.

How much should a college student workout?

Movement and physical activity is essential for everyone, regardless of their age or physical conditions. The human body is designed to move and sitting in front of a computer for hours, days, and weeks is unnatural for our body.

If you are working or studying all day, you have to make time to move around your room, dorm building, or campus. There are simple exercises you can do between classes and with little equipment. For instance, you can go for a walk on campus, go play a quick football game with other students, or find other ways to stay active.

Exercise has to be part of your life if you want to stay healthy and the only way you will exercise every week is if you keep an organized schedule and a disciplined mind.

Nonetheless, many students think they need to spend hours at a gym to stay healthy, but, this is not the case. Having expensive equipment or paying for an expensive gym membership can help only if you have the habit to make time for your routines.

To learn precisely how much time you need to be exercising as a college student go read our article and find the answer according to your age group.

Remember that your daily workouts do not always have to be the same. You can change your routine plan according to your days and your class schedule.

Two college students working out
Doing your best is not always easy, which is why we recommend you hire a private tutor right here on Superprof to help you achieve your fitness goals. Foto de bruce mars on Unsplash

You can hire a private coach to help you three times per week and on the other days you do the routines you learn with your coach by yourself. Consider checking if there are any private coaches around your area on Superprof, all you have to do is put your subject of interest (yoga, weight lifting, cardio) and your location.

What resources can you use to work out in college?

We understand that paying for a university degree can be expensive. You have to think about the university tuition, accommodations, food, books, transportation, and other daily expenses.

Students are usually on a budget and paying for a gym membership sometimes can be a bit too much. However, keep in mind that going to the gym is not the only way to have a fitness lifestyle.

Working out doesn't have to be something you feel obligated to do because you want to lose weight. Exercise is so much more and you can practice it in different places, with different equipment, and a different daily plan.

Having a fitness lifestyle is not about showing off the perfect abs; it's about training, resistance, building strength, going from easy to advanced levels with patience, and much more. You have to allow your body to adapt instead of pushing every muscle to a breaking point where you feel exhausted and in pain.

Stretching out in the morning before class
You can search for a health program that will give you nutrition tips, working out hours, routines and sets, and much more. Foto de kike vega en Unsplash

If your workout is draining your energy you won't last too long practicing it and in the long run, that's not good for you. After all, fitness is about consistency, discipline, progression, and patience. You won't get good at something if you aren't practicing, and this rule applies to almost everything in life.

You might want to learn something new during your college years, however, we recommend you get started practicing a sport or routine you're already great at. This way you will have one thing in your life that isn't changing.

If you liked to practice yoga in your room during high school, then you should continue practicing yoga in your dorm room during your university years.

However, if you feel like you need to include weight lifting into your daily workout routines because you want to gain strength, then you should consider searching for different resources. For instance, you can go online and look for videos, search for a virtual class, follow fitness coaches on social media, or hire a private coach on Superprof.

But, do not panic! There are plenty of resources out there, and lucky for you, we've researched so you won't have to. Continue learning about the resources you can use to work out in college.

How to study during your workout?

Working out at the gym
Some exercises are easy and others aren't, you have to be gentle and kind to your muscles and energy because you can end up feeling burnt out after a couple of high-intensity workouts. Foto de Benjamin Klaver en Unsplash

Last, but not least, we understand that as a college freshman, you are under a lot of pressure to get good grades and have a social life. Besides, with social media, there's even more pressure because it seems like everyone else is doing great.

However, this is not true! Everyone is as clueless as you are even if it doesn't seem that way.

If you see someone who has time to go to class, have good grades, throw great parties,  and even go to a volunteer program, that's because they've found a way to organize and prioritize their weekly activities.

Students who seem to have it all under control understood how valuable each hour of the day is and they won't spend their valuable hours scrolling on social media or playing video games in their room.

We bet that they've even developed a system where they mix activities and save time. For instance, they have a workout buddy and their workouts are also part of their social life.

Or, they've figured out a way to study or go over a lesson while they exercise. Although this might sound like it is impossible, it is not that hard to study during a workout.

You can be doing some stretching exercises while you're playing biology videos on the back to prepare for an upcoming test. Or, you can have flashcards spread around your yoga mat, read them, go into cat pose, and memorize them.

Keep in mind that everyone is only doing their very best and so are you. So stop pressuring yourself and just be smart about the way you spend your hours.

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