The life of a college student is busy. Well… at least it feels busy. Like many other students, I spend my days in class, working a part-time job, and socializing with friends. A personal issue that I struggle with is maintaining consistent exercise while I am at school. During breaks I typically find a way to work out almost 5 to 6 days a week and always get into great shape and then as soon as the school year rolls around, I almost immediately fall out of my habits, and drastically. Once I go back to school that will transition to maybe once every two weeks. Now, I do not mean to say that it is necessary to exercise that many times or that what I do at school is not fine. The problem for me is that I would like to do a little more but always find it difficult to get the motivation. There are many things to balance at school including getting good grades, your social life, extracurricular activities, physical health, and sometimes work. I think every student can understand that each person has their own priorities and some will prioritize some aspects of their lives while sacrificing others.
For me, often my sacrifice is working out and, instead, I will opt to have some time to relax with my friends which typically means just lying horizontally on our couches for a few hours and watching tv. What I have realized over this break is that I would probably feel much better about myself and my health if I incorporated working out into this time better. It would be really easy to instead of watching tv just go to one of the facilities our school provides and play some basketball, tennis, or any activity to be on my feet and move around. Even something as simple as going for a short bike ride around campus can be enough. Working out makes me feel better about myself and often I have fun doing it so it is my goal to start bringing it into the mix more during the semester. I think there are lots of ways for people to apply this to any part of their lives they feel they have been sacrificing and it is important to know that to live full and healthy there needs to be a strong balance of doing the things that make each individual their feel the best they can.