Sometimes, while you’re on a college break, you find yourselves taking a break from everything. You don’t want to read a magazine, let alone a book, and if you were on a workout regimen, you usually trade that in for sitting on the couch for hours on end catching up on all of your favorite television shows. While you’re resting, it can be hard to find the inspiration to stay in top physical condition. That’s certainly understandable, but if you want to find the motivation to stay physically fit during your college break, it’s not impossible. Here are five tips to help you to achieve that goal.
Keep your school schedule
No, this isn’t in reference to studying. This is referring to whatever it was that you were doing on campus that was exercise related. If you got up to go walking in the morning (even if it was just to class), re-purpose your mind to do the same thing by walking your dog around the neighborhood for example. If you went spinning with your roommate a couple of times per week, pull your bicycle out of your garage and take it for a spin. Your mind may know that you’re on vacation, but your body is still expecting to keep its routine. Do all that you can not to disappoint it.
Cook rather than eat out
If you’re home while on your college break, this means that you have access to your parent’s kitchen and groceries. There’s a great chance that you’ve been used to eating out while you were on campus, but now you have the opportunity to get some home meals in your system. If you choose to embrace that fact, it’s not only cheaper but healthier for you.
Set a goal for yourself
You know the old saying: “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” One of the best ways to stay motivated is to set a goal for yourself. Do you want to lose five pounds before you get back to school? Or maybe you want your skin to get a bit clearer (eating right and exercising do wonders for that as well!). Decide which physical condition you want to return to campus in, and then implement a plan to make that happen.
Try something new
We often welcome vacations to break up the monotony of a routine that we’re used to. Sometimes, this is why it can be difficult to follow some of the health habits that we set into place while we were in school. So, instead of deciding to do what you’ve always done, why not add a bit of spice to your fitness plan by either going swimming instead of running or taking a Zumba class instead of yoga? It’s a great way to give yourself something new to look forward to during your break while still keeping your body in motion.
It may not be a ton of people, but some actually use the time off to study more. Say you’re in one of the country’s top executive MBA programs and you have a big exam coming up. While you’re reading, why not walk on the treadmill? Oh, and instead of eating a fast food combo, how about snacking on an apple or some dark chocolate? If you stick to studying and exercising throughout the break, at the end of it, do something special to reward yourself (a mani/pedi, a massage, some frozen yogurt) for doing what was right. Your mind and body will be grateful and ready for when you return back to campus.