I'm a kinesiology student and a common stereotype that my program often has is that all of us KIN-ners are gym rats who chug protein shakes during anatomy lectures and have faculty meetings at the squat rack. This couldn't be farther from the truth -- at least for me

Growing up, I was involved in many physical activities: sports, dance, randomly running around in circles, long story short, I loved being active!

Fast forward to my today life, it’s as if exercising and workout plans are being shoved down everyone’s throats. Now I definitely understand and strongly encourage being consistently active, especially at a young age because there are numerous health benefits, both short and long term. However, university students seem to take exercise to a whole other level and seem to put the pressure on each other to go to the gym. If only I could count the amount of times that someone has randomly asked me to go to the gym with them on a random day.

Now if you like the gym and sincerely enjoy doing workout plans and all that jazz, then go for it! I am not hating on the gym by any means, but many people see it as the only way to be healthy and fit. I personally feel like the gym is more of a chore, and honestly if I didn't have my friend Christine to drag me to the gym after class, (BTW to show how much I don't actually like the gym -- the class I have with Christine is in the same building as the gym -- that same class also requires gym attire -- you do the math) I probably would never go this term. 

Like I said, I still like being active, I actually I get pretty antsy and annoying if I haven't done anything remotely active for a while, but there are definitely alternative things I, and you, can do to stay active and healthy while completely avoiding the gym. 



Intramurals

It’s exercise and you don’t even know it! I find it a lot more motivating to exercise when there is a physical goal associated with it like scoring a goal or kicking a ball. I work myself a lot harder because of the competitive aspect for a common goal — to win a point or a game.


At Home Workouts

I like at home workouts, because first off I’m in the comforts of my own home (so I don't have to go far), no one can see me (and possibly judge me) while I struggle to do planks and lastly, I can quickly hop into the shower when I am done. Triple Score!


Morning Runs

Before you decide to not sign up for cardio, trust me I was like that too, Morning Runs are actually a great way to get in exercise before all the hustle and bustle of your day. I’m not the biggest fan of cardio especially when it’s coupled with aimless running. However, this past summer, my sister Evelyn showed me this cool app that paired my dislike for running with something I live for, competition. The app, called C25K (which I’m pretty sure stands for “Couch to 5K) is a way to go from a completely sedentary life to a runner. The program has running/jogging and walking intervals over the course of half an hour. The program increases in intensity (longer running periods) over the weeks and pretty much trains you to run a 5K. There’s also verbal cues to let you know when to start running/jog or walking, so you can listen to your own music at the same time. You can also track the route you took on your run!

*just a heads up, this is not a sponsored post, I just really like the app*


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  1. This was a great read. I am always looking for easy fit tips!! Love your blog :)


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