This time of the year always seems to be what motivates us to get our butts in the gym – between new year’s, spring break, summer… it leaves everyone in a rush to play catch up with their bodies in preparation for the upcoming weather + days inevitably spent poolside. I’m not much different – I always fall behind once summer passes and the holidays come. I’m currently back at my highest weight – the struggle of going from an incredibly physically active college student to a painfully sedentary young professional. I, too, am working on making the gym more of a habit than a “have-to” – for the sake of feeling comfortable in my skin again + for my health.
As a former two-job-working, full time student and now as a current full time employee with a rambunctious, exhausting puppy and never ending chores and errands waiting for me when I get home in the evenings, I completely empathize with what seems to be the biggest offenders to our desire to workout: time + energy. But as I learned in my weight management class I took last year, simply doing one set of resistance exercises is enough to see acute health benefits such as stress reduction and increased energy.
Goals are important. They’re what drive us every day, whether we realize it or not – sometimes they’re in the form of deadlines we have no choice but to meet, and other times they’re in our seemingly menial to-do lists we make simply for the pleasure of being able to cross stuff off and feel that twinge of accomplishment.