A couple of days ago, I awoke to the realization that I had failed my body. I had gone over two weeks without engaging in any rigorous exercise (unless you count the amount of walking I do here on a daily basis in NYC).
What happened was this: each day I pushed working out to the next so that slowly it carried over into a procrastination of my health and wellbeing. No Soulcycle, No Equinox, no nothing. I stayed cooped up in my room studying, eating with friends, attending parties and sorority events. The inevitable “No Exercise Rut.” I’ve found these are a frequent occurrence here in college for students like me. Despite the many fitness boutiques on every corner in the city, I tend to focus on the rolled ice cream stores next door instead.
How did I break free from this rut? It’s difficult to do as a college student. We balance our time between class, studying, friends, food and involvement in clubs. The key to breaking free is creating a designated time and choosing someone you know can motivate you and workout alongside you. In my case, my “Big” in my sorority, Madison, booked a bike at SoulCycle and so I booked one next to her. On a day when I easily could have shut off my alarm and stayed under my covers (I didn’t have class until 12:30,) I went to a 9:30 SoulCycle class in Soho. Mumbling and grumbling, I threw on my Lulu Lemons and a tank top and headed off to the Metro to get there in time.
The class wasn’t easy. Sunny, an amazing instructor periodically stopped by my bike to turn up my resistance. It was clear that someone hadn’t worked out in a while! Of course after the class finished, I felt my endorphin enthusiast self return. The workout junkie was back!
Next time you feel like you would rather munch on some chips than head to Barre Burn, remember this: you’ll thank yourself later. It will make you feel both physically and mentally strong.
No one else is constantly there to tell you what to eat and when to workout. You need to prioritize it yourself. Book a bike, spend money on a class, whatever it takes to ensure that you cannot skip. I find that when I know there are tougher cancelation policies, I am more reluctant to take the time to cancel. Instead I go take the class because I don’t want to waste my money or time calling to say I won’t be there.
If you live on a campus where there aren’t many fitness boutiques or classes, get a group of girls together once or twice a week to go on runs. The more people you gather, the less likely you will be able to take the easy way out because your workout friends will rely on you to join them. Make it harder to quit! Bring a friend who is more motivated to workout than you. Let them be your role model to escape the No Exercise Rut.