During your university years, there are so many activities and duties vying for your attention: classes, homework, friends, significant others, extracurriculars, sports — the list is never-ending! Unfortunately, the list only continues to grow after graduation. But don’t let that be a deterrent for staying in shape after you graduate from college. Instead, use the following ideas to help you keep up that college bod long after you’re handed your diploma.
1 | Start small
Sometimes the very idea of committing to working out long-term is overwhelming, which is why you should start off small at the beginning. Don’t try to do everything at once; that’s often an easy way to fail. You don’t have to immediately buy a gym membership, go vegan, and invest in $100 worth of exercise clothes and equipment. Instead, make small adjustments to your daily routine. Start by drinking more water and going to bed earlier. The next day, use the treadmill for 30 minutes or walk or ride your bike to work (if possible) instead of driving. Eat a healthier breakfast every day. Breaking a new system into “bite-sized” chunks can make the whole process a lot less intimidating!
2 | Join a class or recreational sport league
If your love for intramural volleyball has carried over into your post-grad life, run with it. Search for a recreational team to join in which you can participate in your free time. Love pilates but just can’t seem to make time for it? Commit to a class at your local gym. Getting other people involved (such as teammates or a teacher) will help hold you accountable. The best part? It keeps you social and encourages you to go out there and meet new people. Win-win!
3 | Make it a group effort
For others, it takes more than a few strangers to hold them accountable. #guilty Get your friends involved! Sign up for a fun class with your best girlfriends. Challenge your old college roommate to run a 5k with you — loser pays for the winner’s gym membership for a year. Make it fun. Make it exciting. But don’t make it boring!
Even though post-grad life doesn’t become any less busy than college life — the exact opposite is often true! — it’s still possible to fit certain things into your daily schedule. It all comes down to what you choose to make a priority. It’s not about how much time you have available; rather, what you deem important is what you will work to accomplish in your life. Your health is one of the most valuable things you have. Choose to invest in it every day.
Author Bio: I’m Bria McKamey, the founder and blogger behind MondayRebel, a lifestyle, career, and educational resource for 20-somethings. I started MondayRebel after graduating college with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.