1. Start Small: Setting extravagant goals like waking up at 5am EVERY morning to work out, or signing up for a marathon when you haven’t run in 6 months will only leave you defeated if you fall short. Create achievable goals that fit your level and continue to build from there.
2. Focus on Activities You Enjoy: Any activity that gets you moving counts! If you hate the gym, opt for taking a walk with a friend, kayak on Lady Bird Lake, or play a pick-up game of basketball in your free time.
3. Reward Yourself: Exercising will already provide a sense of accomplishment and positive energy, but in addition to those perks you can also treat yourself. Reward yourself perhaps with an extra episode of your favorite TV show, a refreshing smoothie, or some time to meditate.
Don’t know where to start? Try some of these!
Free yoga & group classes in Austin: https://fitt.co/austin/free-fitness-groups-classes-austin/
Kayak/Paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake
Take your bike to school instead of the bus
Join a school sport or local recreational team
Learn to box using a student discount: http://www.lordsboxing.com/
Find an online fitness class channel you enjoy on Youtube
Go for a hike on the Greenbelt, Mt. Bonnell, or Hamilton Pool
Swim at Barton Springs
Take a dance lesson
Find a 5k, 10k, 13.1, or 26.2 road race to run: https://austinrunners.org/calendar/
Austin is one of the best cities for staying active because of its wide variety of activities offered. We challenge you this spring to find an activity you enjoy and get moving
Stay healthy Chaps!
Nora Schultz, MSSW Intern