With the passing of Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer and the summer solstice coming up, it’s safe to say summer is here. With that brings summer jobs, spending time with friends and family, and time at the beach, pool, or lake. And if you’re like me you probably had no time to get in shape last semester because of your course work, job and social life. That being said there is still time to get in shape and look good in that bathing suit you bought months ago, when you promised yourself you were going to start working out.
However, you in order to be successful, you’re going to need a plan. Start by setting simple goals like exercising two to three times a week or drinking more water. Also, set a realistic long-term goal, like being able to run a 5K by the end of summer, not something like loosing an unrealistic amount of weight in a short period of time. Remember, goals keep you focused and give you something to work toward. Also, remember you should want to feel healthy and be happy as well as look great.
A great place to start your fitness journey is on Pinterest. It may sound crazy but if you search around on Pinterest you can find great examples of grocery lists (many of which are catered toward college students on a budget), beginner workouts and lots of pictures that will help keep you motivated.
Free apps on your phone or tablet are another great way to get in shape. One great app that I use all the time is the water lite app. In this app you input your height and weight and the app tells you how much water you need to drink in order to lose weight. It also allows you to track your water intake to make sure you’re getting the correct amount. Another great app is the Sworkit app, this app allows you to do between a 5 minute and a 60-minute workout with no equipment needed anywhere you are. Calorie Counter and MyPlate Calories are both great free apps to help you track how many calories your consuming each day.
Another great way to get fit is to get social. Getting a group of friends together to go on a walk, run, hike or bike ride is a great way to burn calories and hangout with your friends at the same time. Also, get involved in your community and find out if fitness-clothing stores offer any free classes on the weekend. For example many Lululemon stores offer free early morning or weekend classes and you don’t have to buy anything to be apart of the class. Get creative! Surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking are great ways to workout as well. If you don’t have the equipment to do these things most rental places give a discount to college students when you show a campus ID.
This being said there should be no excuses to not get fit this summer. So get out there, have fun and get fit!