Every year, summer represents something of an invisible cliff, and for its three or so months, my fitness falls at a fast pace. I work in the wonderful world of orientation, so despite those 60-hour weeks and hitting my 12,000 step goal each day, I am never satisfied with my fitness during the summer. Are you in the same boat? What if you resolved right now to not let yourself get to that point just because it’s your busy time? Here are some of my favorite strategies and tips to help ensure you’ll achieve your fitness goals (but make sure to give yourself a break when you need it… and do not feel guilty about it!):
1. Make a Plan
Create a plan for yourself. If you know that some days you only have 30 minutes, create a 30-minute workout! There are tons of ideas and great at-home (or in-office) workouts on blogs and Pinterest. Create a schedule that not only includes committee meeting and advising roundtable, but also includes working out.
2. Incorporate Your Students!
I know, sometimes you need a break from even your favorite student leaders. But why not consider adding them into your routine? As I train for races and talk about my half marathon quest, I have students light up and say they’d love to run a 5K one day or get back in shape. While I only stay on campus select nights over the summer, I’ve invited them to go for a morning run with me before our orientation day begins. It will help you get excited and give them a little motivation, too!
3. Focus on Your Health
We all know that sometimes the hardest part is stepping away from the office. But I also know that when I am drained, antsy, and exhausted, I don’t give my best to my students. Even just a 25-minute walk around campus gets you in the sunshine and out of the office for a little refresher.
4. Take Advantage of Campus Resources
Most campuses provide faculty and staff with either free or wonderfully discounted memberships to the campus recreation center. It’s there, it’s in your reach–use it! My goal this summer is to get to my campus pool at least once and go swimming. Find a class at the rec, or find a new sport to try. Summer is a great time take a class that’s generally too full during the school year. It’s also a great time to try a class like Hawaiian dance that you don’t want to do in front of a full class but are comfortable doing in front of a handful of people.
5. Talk About Your Goals Out Loud
When others know what you’re working on, it helps them hold you accountable! Furthermore, you’ll often find a running partner or a spotter for lifting. I’ve found many new running buddies by talking about my goals with people on various campuses. I am grateful that I have made connections on various campuses with folks who share the same goals or aspirations that I do.
6. Create a Community
Whether it’s via social media communities or professional connections, find a fitness tribe. Just last week, I had an amazing experience running a half marathon with an orientation colleague that I had met only once. We spent nearly three hours laughing our way through Anaheim together. It’s because of my profession and my sport of choice that I have created a circle of people who hold me to some accountability!
Believe in yourself–you can do this! Incorporate your fitness and health goals as a part of daily life. Make it a priority among your other priorities, and it will settle in perfectly.
This post is part of our #SAfit series for May. With the constant hustle and bustle of our profession, we can’t forget to put ourselves at the top of our to-do list sometimes. It is essential that we remember to take time for self care and this series highlights how our colleagues work #SAfit into their lifestyles. This can look different for each of us and your journey is your own. For more info, please see Mandi Stewart’s intro post. Be sure to check out the other posts in this series too!