10 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Workout

10 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Workout

It can be difficult to motivate yourself to workout, however here are some simple ways to help!
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As a college student it is very hard to motivate yourself to workout. With classes, homework, clubs and events it is tough to find a time to exercise. With these ten tips working out will be much more enjoyable to add to your busy college schedule!

1. Get a workout partner

Working out it so much more fun when you are in the company of someone else. Workout with a parent, sibling or friend and keep those plans to exercise together. This can help you two stay motivated to work hard and be each others support system when needed.

2. Treat yourself

It is okay to treat yourself after a long workout session. Go get that Starbucks frappuccino you have been craving all day. But make sure that you worked hard for it first!

3. Create an upbeat playlist

Make a playlist on your phone that you can listen to everytime you workout. Preferably upbeat songs that will push you to keep on going.

4. Buy cute athleisure

Buy cute athletic wear that will not only make you want to workout but show off your trendy style to everyone around!

5. Create goals

Make a list of goals that you want to reach. This could be doing an hour of cardio a day or simply taking a walk down a scenic route. Most importantly, make goals that work best for you.

6. Try a workout class

Try a workout class that you have never taken but have always wanted to try. Whether it is yoga, barre or soul cycle, anything where an instructor is pushing you to the best that you can be.

7. Get a gym membership

Become a member at your local gym where you can take classes, use the equipment, and even swim! When you pay for a membership you are more likely to go so that your money is not wasted.

8. Make working out a part of your daily routine

Try and set a time each day to go and workout. This way you can incorporate exercising in your schedule and base the rest of your day around that time.

9. Look for your progress

Look at the results you receive after working out. This progress will make you want to continue to keep working harder.

10. Create an inspiration board

Hang positive words, quotes and pictures on your bedroom wall so every time you wake up you have something that will remind you to keep on pushing forward!

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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No Matter How Much It Hurts Sometimes, I Will Never Regret Having A Big Heart

A big heart can be good, but also bad.

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"Just be the freaking person that cares more. Be the person who tries harder, loves stronger, gives more of a shit than all the half-alive people who surround them. Be the person who answers their messages, shows up to commitments and doesn't leave others hanging or guessing at their vague intentions... because the last thing this world needs is one more indifferent person" - Heidi Priebe

I'll be the first to admit that having a big heart isn't all sunshine and rainbows. More often than not, the pain of having a big heart will bring you to your knees, gasping for air between sobs because you care too deeply for everyone around you. Having a big heart will keep you up at night and distract you during the day, but despite the heartache, I wouldn't change having a big heart for anything. Having a big heart makes me who I am and it is the most rewarding thing in the world.

So, to everyone reading this, go out of your way to do something nice for someone you care about. Send that text, write that letter, make that call, buy that cup of coffee, buy that gift, check in on your people and make sure they know that they're not alone. Little actions like these can make all the difference in the world. What takes you 10 minutes will leave an everlasting impression on them.

I promise you will never regret being a good person.

But you might regret not showing your gratitude. As scary as this might seem, you never know when the last time will be the last time. Dying is a part of life and you never know when someone's time will run out so say the things you feel while you still can. Let your friends know that you think they are remarkable human beings, tell your parents that you love them, tell your professors all that they've done for you, tell your boyfriend or girlfriend that they light your soul on fire. Don't leave anything unspoken because our time here is limited. Stop thinking you have forever and start living as though tomorrow is never promised.

Remember, there's nothing more beautiful than being desperate, than being vulnerable. And there is nothing riskier than pretending not to care.

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