How to Make Time for Exercise in College

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Read on to learn how to make the time to exercise in college.

Between countless hours spent studying, time-consuming extracurricular activities and hanging out with new friends, it can be hard to find the time to exercise in college! Fortunately, you came across an article that will teach you how to find the time to exercise in college; go you!

Prioritize Your Time

Making the time to exercise in college is a matter of prioritizing. Since time is our most precious asset, we shouldn’t waste it! I want you to physically write down and plan out your entire day. Write down when you wake up, when you eat breakfast, when you go to class, and quite literally plan out your entire day until even noting when you hope to fall asleep.exercise

After you plan your day you will begin to notice areas where you can better use your time. Instead of spending one hour watching TV with your friend, spend one hour going to the gym. Instead of going back to your dorm room in between classes, elect to go to the gym. This exercise will force you to recognize how you spend your time and make you aware of areas where you can improve.

Wake Up Earlier

WAKE UP EARLIER?! Yes, I want you to wake up earlier than you already do. It’s a crazy idea to comprehend for most college students, I know.Here’s the truth, everyone wishes there was more time in the day to get everything done. Since it is impossible to control the hours of the day, we must focus on what we can control; we can control when we can wake up! I recommend that you start waking up earlier to make the time to work out. The beauty of waking up early is that you automatically add hours to your day.

Think about it, let’s say that you regularly average 10 hours of sleep; you’re a college student, you like to sleep –  I get it. By sleeping 10 hours you are only giving yourself 14 hours to get your business done for the day. If you start following my advice and start to wake up, let’s say, two hours earlier, you will effectively be giving yourself two more hours to your day that you can dedicate to working out and other activities.

Studies have proven that people only need 6 – 7 hours of sleep per night to wake up feeling refreshed, ready to take on the world. Force yourself to start waking up earlier and I promise you that you will add more time to your day to work out.


It’s funny, many people say that they don’t have the time to workout yet they are able to find the time to watch TV. Some college students have thought of a way to do both!  These students will either watch TV while they run on the treadmill or they’ll watch TV and do a home workout during the commercial break. These methods are very nonintrusive and literally provide you a way to watch TV and workout.

Take The Long Way to Class

I’m not going to lie to you; it’s easier to take the shuttle to class, walk along your favorite short cut or even drive to class with your friends, especially if you attend the University of Maryland!

However, if you choose to throw on your headphones and walk along the scenic route to class, you effectively will sneak in extra time spent walking. This is a great way to be active without really changing your lifestyle; your steps do add up!

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