Finding Time to workout....

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    Oct 23, 2010 9:35 AM GMT
    I know this is an old cliche but it's really hard to find time to work out. I've struggled with my weight for a long time. I was previously at about 256 lbs and-after a lot of work and discipline- am down to about 220. I want to get to about 170 so I've got a ways to go.
    Anyway, I just want to know how so of you guys who have hectic schedules find time to work out. I currently work 2 jobs (a full time, a part time) and I go to school part time. I work at least 60 hours a week and sometimes don't have a day off for weeks. Any suggestions on how I can best schedule work outs? The problem is I really can't go late because I'm pretty tired after work ( I work in pharmacy so I"m on my feet for about 10 hours straight). I can't go early because I'm due early at one job and close at another. (Some times I get home like at midnight). Any ideas? It help to hear from some of you that also have super busy schedules....
  • MusicMan87

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    Oct 23, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    maybe try to do an extra lap around the pharmacy as you're working all day? haha get some cardio in and work done!
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    Oct 23, 2010 4:11 PM GMT
    This will sound dickish, but if you really want to change how you look, you will find time.

    I go to school, I teach, I work at one gym (Assistant GFM) around 20 hours a week there and do another 5-6 at another gym where I teach other classes. On top of just those obligations, I still find time to get my own workout in, get my school work done, prepare my lessons as a teacher and cook dinner.

    Is life hectic, of fuck ya. Is yours? Most definitely, but it is the commitment you have to something that is going to drive you to change.

    We can't sit here and tell you that you need to find time at lunch or between X and Y event. You know your schedule and you know where you can honestly fit in 30-40 minutes of gym time. You have to want it or you will never do it.

    Think of being tired when you get home. You have a choice there; sit down and relax or get to the gym.

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    Oct 23, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    There is never going to be "extra" time to work out. You have to make it an inflexible part of the schedule that other things have to be scheduled around. For me, the hour before lunch works best (the actual eating part of lunch being back at the desk.) In the past, commuting by bicycle added regular cardio and didn't take very much longer than driving or catching a bus. (Now my office is 30 feet from the bedroom, so that's out.)

    Although I'm guilty about backsliding from this as well. There's always some emergency project that seems too important to put off merely for personal maintenance. Eventually, the body deteriorates enough to reveal that this is a fallacy.
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    Oct 23, 2010 4:27 PM GMT
    i pretty much agree with everyone on here. i usually tell new people like you who are extremely overweight to make the time. actually, you have to take the time. i know people who work 14 hour days but still make time to the gym. i also tell them if you don't change your lifestyle you are going to die. if that is what you want to do then go right ahead
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    Oct 23, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    The way I look at the gym is like this: it is one more thing during the day that I have to do in order to live...like eat, sleep, brush my teeth, shower, etc...it's not a leisure activity. It is something I have to do.
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    Oct 23, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    and p.s. after you do it for a couple months, it truly becomes part of your everyday life. You will think something is missing if you miss one day.
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    Oct 23, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    I suggest that you take a time management class or find other resources that can that you can learn time management from.

    I suspect that, beyond just time management, you have issues being lazy, too. E.g. you were too lazy to complete a profile here.

    I've done three a day work outs and managed to make a living. I've taken 22 hours in college, and worked 2 jobs, and still worked out.

    Now, I'd like to think you're at LEAST as smart as me, but, are not realizing your potential, and, instead, are too busy whining rather than coming up with solutions.

    Real Jocks get academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, work, go to school, have girl friends, and do philanthropy, all at the same time, all the time, ever day. You can learn from their example, if you want to.

    I spent 9 months living in my car one time, and STILL managed to work out.

    Logan / flex89 lives with me and is a type 1 diabetic, and has some bad days, and STILL works out.

    You may wish to study up on how to not only have better time management but, also, have better self discipline. With your prior history of what sounds like obesity you'd do well to learn discipline, too.

    We all have the same 24 hours. How we allocate them is up to us.
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    Oct 23, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    Invest some time in reading this:

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    Seriously, this is THE classic book on time management. Invest a few hours in reading this and you'll gain many more hours that you never knew you had.
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    Oct 23, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    luvitohateit saidThe way I look at the gym is like this: it is one more thing during the day that I have to do in order to live...like eat, sleep, brush my teeth, shower, etc...it's not a leisure activity. It is something I have to do.


    What he said.

    You could also consider Biking from place to place instead of driving (Cardio) And then doing 100 Squats, 100 Push ups, and 100 Sit ups during the day. Doesn't have to all be at one time, just make sure you get 100 of each. It's what i did when i was way too busy with school to work out.
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    Oct 23, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    Pinny saidThis will sound dickish, but if you really want to change how you look, you will find time.



    QFT. i work 12-13 hour days, saturday mornings, on call 24/7 every day. if it's a priority, you will make it happen.
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    Oct 23, 2010 10:34 PM GMT
    Everyone has said it....you need to take care of yourself and find the time...same here was working 50 to 60 hours a week, and made it to the gym no matter what even when I was tired. You need to take supplements, eat right and MAKE THE TIME. You are sacrificing for everyone else except, the best of you and this is important for you.

    A couple of suggestions:

    (1) Get an hour early and do cardio or hit the gym. You can at least squeeze 45 to 30 minutes in a day for yourself.

    (2) Lunch hour- like everyone has stated...bring your lunch to work and eat 1 hour prior to hitting the gym.

    (3) Pack your gym clothes and ready to go in your car, even if you are tired...mind over matter, you will be amazed once you hit treadmill, bench press etc. that the endorphins will kick in and being tired will go away.

    Just some thoughts, overall you are ultimately in control of the change you want.


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    Oct 31, 2010 11:19 PM GMT
    Thanks guys....These were actually some great suggestions.