How To Stay Motivated Over Summer

Stay motivated graphicHow to Stay Motivated Over the Summer

Now that we are into the summer, one of two things tend to happen to peoples’ fitness plans and goals. You either are doing fine; and with summer here you have more time to pay attention to it, or–the more popular one–you are slacking. Whether it be because the summer season has gotten you lazy, or because you are consumed by other things such as work or family, you aren’t staying motivated with what you want fitness wise. Instead of giving up, try some of these quick suggestions to get your motivation rolling again this summer!

 

1)    Create achievable goals. In the summer, people tend to get all gun-ho on how they may drop 30 pounds or get washboard abs or whatever it may be. All though that is all good thinking, step back and evaluate your goals and make sure they are something you can realistically reach. Even if they sound attainable, they may not be for everyone since everyone is different.

 

2)         Use the summer to your advantage. With the warmer weather, we can use this as an outlet to become more active. Summer opens up the options of riding your bike, swimming, hiking, kayaking, seasonal outdoor sports, and so many more activities! Keep your mind open to anything you can do outdoors; all that fresh air will be great for you!

 

3)         Have others hold you accountable. It’s easier when you are not alone. Tell your friends, make a Facebook post, anything that is an outside source to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. For me, I like to use apps on my phone to help me be reminded daily of my goals. For app ideas, you can check out The 25 Best Fitness Apps of 2017 to see what kind of apps are out there that would work for you.

 

These are all things I personally try to keep in mind over the summer for my personal fitness goals. These tips are actually applicable to most things in life, not just fitness. These are great ways to help you achieve general goals. And keep you away from that Summertime Sadness! (Also, last tip, don’t listen to Lana Del Ray. She’s so negative about the summer season).

 

*Always Proud, Never Satisfied*

 

~Luke

 

 

For more information on how to stay motivated this summer, check out this link!

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2485287,00.asp

 

 

The Importance of Treat ‘Yo Self

Treat Yo SelfAs young college students, we are constantly stressed about something. Whether it’s a big test, our work schedule, or our lack of money, there are a lot of potential stressors out there for young people. While there are probably tons of methods out there that will help you to minimize your stress levels, I believe that there is one very simple solution that is constantly overlooked: Treating ‘yo self.

If you are not a fan of the T.V. Show Parks and Recreation, you may not understand this reference, though it is pretty self-explanatory. The basic idea of “Treat ‘Yo Self” is that you deserve to reward yourself for events like a job well done, or a stressful experience you’ve just endured. It’s important to remember though, that when you are treating yourself, the actual reward is not as important as the act of rewarding yourself. Was that a little confusing? Let me try again.

Basically, it doesn’t really matter if you treat yourself with a bowl of your favorite ice cream flavor, or if you buy yourself a really expensive watch. The actual act of planning something nice for yourself is far more important than the actual, physical reward.

When you plan something nice for yourself, two amazing things happen: you will have something to look forward to and you will become your top priority. Next time you have a major project, or an important goal to achieve, plan to do something nice for yourself. It will go a long way.

|Stay motivated and don’t give up. Amazing things will happen|

Julia O’Connor

Thinking Ahead: Motivate Yourself to Use the College Gym This Year

Thinking Ahead mediaClass all day, maybe work that follows and how could you forget about the homework? Exercise is the last thing on your mind, and the last place you want to enter is your college gym.  At the time it may seem more like a struggle than a reward; but trust us it’s worth it. Although at the time the stability of exercising in your home sounds ideal, there are definitely perks to hitting up the school gym. I have been there a time or two, so I am going to provide you with some strategies to get yourself to the gym when your busy schedule kicks in.

  1. Make a dope playlist

Right when you’re about to hit the big red button on the treadmill, ASAP Ferg’s “Work Remix” comes on.  After a couple of song, you are distracted and you forget how much you are sweating and aching.  Keep yourself entertained and focused on your main goal, getting a great workout in. Make sure your playlist lasts the entire workout, this prevents on you wanting to stop because you are jamming to One Direction too hard.

  1. Upgrade your workout gear

You have had the same pair of Nikes since sophomore year high school, it’s time to upgrade to Adidas (trust me they are coming back).  Just like buying new back to school clothes, you get excited to actually come back to class to show off your new outfits.  Workout style can be the same way!  Purchasing new workout gear that is comfortable, cute and trendy can make you more confident in yourself and it’s okay to show off a little.  So head to the gym to do so.

  1. Eye candy

Let’s face it, we all know the gym provides some eye catchers.  It may be intimidating to work out with the opposite sex surrounding you, but what is a better motivation to hit the college gym?  Who knows your future could be resting at the gym, while you’re working out at home.  (But beware of the ones flexing and grinning in front of the mirror.)

  1. Bring a friend

Busy semesters equal less gossip time with your friends.  Instead of meeting for drinks or dinner, meet at a mutual spot at the college gym.  It’s an easy and fun way to get a quick workout in and a person to spot the cuties at the gym with.  Be one another’s motivation or make it a friendly competition, “don’t skip leg day.”

  1. Reward Yourself

Nothing is wrong with treating yourself after a successful visit to your gym.  You may think a solid workout is enough of an award, which it is, but who doesn’t love some extra motivating. Spoil yourself for hitting the gym 5 out of 7 days this week.  Pamper your hard work!

 

Your college gym offers you so much more than you probably even know about!  If you’re looking to clear you mind in your busy schedule or get back into shape, there is no better time than now with the semester approaching.  I hope I can help you to feel more motivated to visiting the gym down the street, right on campus.

 

I hope you learn. I hope you laugh. I hope you never stop. And remember being fit is always in style.

-Karlee Fowler