Spring is in the air! When is a better time to get in shape than now? Motivating yourself to workout might be the hardest part, but once you get a workout going, you’re sure to feel better. Don’t just think about getting in shape—live in the moment and make it fun! Here are 5 tips on how to motivate yourself to workout.
1. Find a buddy.
Not only does this make exercise a fun social event, but it will make you stick to a schedule. You won’t want to cancel an appointment with a friend.
2. Set obtainable goals.
Give yourself enough time to reach your goals. Start with easier ones in the beginning so that once you’ve achieve one goal, you’ll push yourself harder to obtain your next.
3. Use your favorite celebrity for motivation.
Who inspires you? Tape their picture on your bathroom mirror to motivate yourself when you get up in the morning. But remember that everyone has different body types, so don’t try to be something you’re not!
4. Relieve stress.
Midterms, papers, and problem sets can add a lot of stress to your life. A good workout can leave you feeling re-charged for the next day. It can also be a nice study break.
5. Reward yourself.
The benefits go beyond feeling more confident about your body. Keep track of your progress and reward yourself when you achieve your goals. Bake a cake, buy new clothes, take a bubble bath, or go to the movies. Treat yourself once in a while—you deserve it!
Every once in a while, it's nice to take a break from dining hall food and make use of your dorm kitchen. Tacos are a perfect way to make a healthy meal for yourself, your roommates, or your entryway. They are fun and interactive because everyone can assemble her own ingredients to suit her tastes. Adjust the amount of ingredients for the number of people you are serving.
Flour tortillas (whole wheat is best)
1 can of pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can of salsa or taco sauce
1 head of lettuce, spinach, or arugula
Cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
Veggies like chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, celery, and black olives
Optional spices: chili powder, ground cumin, or coriander
1. Fill tortillas with choice of fillings.
2. Bake in the oven at 325 degrees for 5-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is slightly toasted, about 5-15 minutes. Microwave for a quicker solution.
3. Add sour cream and enjoy!