Sarah Spann, a 21-year-old University of Florida health and nutrition major, knows how to incorporate fitness into a hectic college schedule. When it comes to fitness, this ex-UF track athlete knows exactly what she is talking about.
Q: What is your replacement when you don’t feel like going to the gym?
A: Just getting outside and going on a slow, enjoyable run or walk is one of my favorite things. Also, just doing things I enjoy that are active like biking or throwing around a football are great ideas too.
Q: What do you do to change up your workout routine to stay fit while having such a hectic schedule?
A: One of the most important things to me is to make time for myself. And one thing I do during that time is get active. Whether just going for a run or going to the gym, I try to make time for it about every other day. When only taking about 30 minutes, I tell myself there is no excuse.
Q: What do you do to make sure you exercise even on a time-crunch?
A: I either do a short 2 mile run, or just do some ab exercises inside on my floor for a few minutes!
Q: Do you have any favorite workout items that make your workouts more enjoyable, yet beneficial?
A: In the gym, my favorite workouts involve free weights and the kettle ball. I think it is so much more beneficial than just doing plain weight machines, and keeps you on your feet. I don’t really have any tech gear, I typically just go in with the exercises in mind that I want to do, and listen to music as I do them. I guess that’s where being trained in the past comes in handy, I know a lot of exercises!
Q: What is your least favorite thing about going to the gym and why?
A: Honestly, the only reason I go to the gym is to obtain strength that I can’t do with just body weight exercises at home. I love doing my own thing and being outside so much better. You’ll never find me running on a treadmill, but only outside in the fresh air.
Q: What advice would you give to a college student when it comes to incorporating fitness into his or her schedule?
A: I would say to just try to do something active each day. It doesn’t necessarily have to be going to the gym, but even just a walk with a friend or biking around can get you out and living more active. And also, don’t get down if you miss a few days or feel like you’ve failed. Just start new the next day and decide to make a better habit of being active. Even if it is just a couple times a week.