5 Ways to Stick to Your Exercise Routine in the Craziness of Back to School

The first weeks of school are mayhem. As the homework piles up, it is easy to push exercise habits out the door even though you know that you would more motivated and energized by staying active, so here are five tips to help you prioritize fitness in the craziness of back to school.

1. Have a routine. The first step to sticking to a routine is having a routine in the first place! Pick the days of the week that you plan to work out and stick to them. I workout every other day and sometimes I swap it up a bit, but I try to have those set days. Having a set routine that your mind and body get used to helps you stay more committed to exercising.

2. Exercise before a meal when your stomach is empty (or at least mostly empty). Doing this helps burn fat faster and can improve your performance. I tend to exercise right when I wake up before I eat breakfast, but after school or midday before lunch are also great options.

3. Make staying active fun! Sometimes I get so stressed with other responsibilities that working out just becomes another chore. Try to find a few things that you love to do and work them into your exercise plan. I love playing soccer, so sometimes I’ll do soccer drills. Things like canoeing, running, or hiking are also great options. Just come up with something that you love and don’t forget to enjoy it.

4. Stay active with a friend. I feel this one is pretty self-explanatory. I’m an extrovert and I love to be with people, so for me, I love to workout with friends. I find that working out with friends is helpful as we can help keep each other accountable, and have a conversation while exercising.

5. Encourage yourself. I love to encourage others, but I sometimes find it hard to encourage myself, even though sometimes I really need it. I have found that the simplest of things can encourage me. Just remember that it doesn’t have to be a giant thing. I like to leave sticky notes with quotes and bible verses all over. One of my favorite verses to do this with is Philippians 4:13, it says, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength” (ESV).

I hope this was helpful to you. Good luck this school year, I’m rooting for you!


  1. As someone who’s trying to get back into working out, this really helps. Thanks Maia!

  2. This is great, Maia! This will really help get me back into my workout routine throughout the school year.

  3. Kudos to you for exercising right when you wake up! What type of exercise do you like? I follow Blogilates on youtube.

    • It’s definitely not for everyone. I am a huge morning person. I love to have my quiet time with a cup of tea, and relax before I start my day, it’s truly my “cup of tea”(get my pun? yeah, that’s why i’m not writing for the humor section.
      I like various types of exercise… I try to mix it up a bit, but a few of my favorites are: Soccer. I know it isn’t specific, but I love to do the stretches and drills at practice or even just on my own. Ballet. Ballet is a great way to tone my muscles, stretch, and it’s also really fun! Yoga. Yoga is a great way to relax working out, and I love how it’s kind of like ballet but it’s not as intense. I also love just running or if I don’t have too much time I do this app(not as often anymore, but it used to be my go-to workout) it’s called The seven minute work-out. Stay tuned to my column, because I am thinking about doing an article about alternatives for when you don’t have enough time for a full-on workout everyday, and it would come up.
      I had never heard of Blogilates, but I’m so glad you pointed her out! I just looked at her channel, and it looks really good!
      Thank you so much for reading:)

    • also sorry for the long reply…

  4. I’m athletic during the week days, but on the weekends I just sir around. So this is a great way to change that.

  5. Sorry for the bad spelling!

  6. This article comes just in a time! I am in a state of inactivity right now… Thanks for sharing your tips, Maia!

  7. Really helpful! I definitely struggle with balancing school with exercise. Thanks for this encouraging essay.