The lazy guide to the gym!


The Lazy Guide to Staying Fit & Healthy

When it comes to going to the gym, finding the motivation can be difficult. Between busy schedules, crazy workloads and becoming a girl boss, working out doesn’t always make the cut. Plus, as emerging professionals, there’s a pressure to do it all. Whether it’s excelling at work, killing it at the gym or slaying it in fashion, there is always a constant stress to be a “yes woman,” but staying active and healthy is equally as important as being a kick ass collegiette. So we consulted with the experts to see what you can do to stay in shape, without trekking to the gym.

Get moving!

When you wake up on a cold and rainy day, the last thing you want to do is work out. Staying tucked into bed seems much more ideal than heading off to a spin class, but there are ways to trick yourself into staying active without even stepping foot into a gym. “Working out doesn’t have to be a chore, and it’s definitely not punishment,” says writer and personal trainer, Nia Shanks. Enjoyment is an important part of fitness, so find things that get you excited. Or, if you want to get stronger and discover the incredible things your body can do, you can perform bodyweight exercises.”

Everyone’s motivation to go to the gym varies. For some of us, hitting the treadmill is a great way to stay active, but for those that break out into hives at the mention of the word “gym,” going on a hike with friends might be a better way to get in a great workout while also having fun.

In fact, Peggy Hall, a health and wellness expert, recommends exactly that: have fun. “Do what you enjoy,” she says. “Your own natural personality will draw you to something that will work for you.” She tells us that you should never feel like you’re required to hit the gym to stay fit, and that sometimes it’s actually counterproductive because it deters you from athletic activities in general. If you simply do things you enjoy, like swimming, rock-climbing or playing a pick-up game, then you really aren’t working out. You know what they say, “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” (okay, this is technically meant for actual work, but it totally applies here too).

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