Finding the time...

  • michaelf2011

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    Nov 09, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    So I had been doing well with my workouts for 2 weeks but then my work schedule got crazy again. I don't want my working out to fall by the wayside again as it has in the past when work got crazy. Right now I'm working about 80 hours a week. I tried getting up early and working out before work but that involves getting up at 330-4 and I'm just too tired to get a good work out in then and I feel rushed about getting to work. I'm forcing myself to workout when I get home from work but I'm so exhausted it's really freaking hard to finish. I have a feeling it will get easier if I stick with it, but what do other guys that are/were in this situation do to keep it up to get through the tough part?
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    Nov 09, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    No such thing as "finding" time to workout. You have to MAKE the time. I've got a shitty schedule too. And I'm pretty tired when I get home. But ya know.. I just grab a cup of coffee or a Red Bull, and I'm out the door and head to the gym.

    If you're really that burned when you get home, try splitting your workouts. Back when I was going to school and working full-time, I just did 2 body parts, maybe 1- 2 exercises each, 2 - 3 sets, high reps. Usually got the workout done in about 30 minutes.
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    Nov 09, 2011 6:38 AM GMT
    michaelf2011 saidSo I had been doing well with my workouts for 2 weeks but then my work schedule got crazy again. I don't want my working out to fall by the wayside again as it has in the past when work got crazy. Right now I'm working about 80 hours a week. I tried getting up early and working out before work but that involves getting up at 330-4 and I'm just too tired to get a good work out in then and I feel rushed about getting to work. I'm forcing myself to workout when I get home from work but I'm so exhausted it's really freaking hard to finish. I have a feeling it will get easier if I stick with it, but what do other guys that are/were in this situation do to keep it up to get through the tough part?



    I'm not nearly as busy as you, but when I'm home, I have stuff to do for work. During the past three months, I've struggled with maintaining a constant workout routine, because I would always feel like I didn't have time. Once again, I've started working out and I've kept it up for three weeks now. The key, for me at least, is to not think about it and just do it as soon as I get home from work. Think of it as an essential part of your day, like eating, for which you (hopefully) take time to do. Good luck : )
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    Nov 09, 2011 6:52 AM GMT
    I'm trying to finish a 2 year degree in 1 year so basically I have no life or free time. What motivates me is seeing all the hot guys. If you can, you should join a gym with a bunch of hotties in it.
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    Nov 09, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    Heh. Well, I used work as my excuse for about 14 years.

    Here are two approaches I recommend.

    Throw your butt out of bed at an ungodly hour in the morning and get your gym done before you go to work. Sometimes, I can actually swing that. You just might be the only alert person there at 8AM.

    But, I tend to focus my workout on Thursdays through Monday night, and take a break Tuesday and Wednesday.

    I am beginning to hate Thanksgiving/Xmas. Things still have to get done by the end of the year and people are going to be gone.

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    Nov 09, 2011 10:09 AM GMT
    Why the fuck do you work 80 hours lol?

    That's half the time in a week. If you sleep 6 hours a night.. that should still technically leave you with 40ish hours... so maybe you need to get creative with your workout time.

    If you are exhausted when you get home, maybe you should consider a pre-workout supplement like Jak3d. The downside is that it has a shit ton of caffeine and will fuck with your sleep cycle if you take it later in the afternoon/evening.

    Also, EAT. Food is energy. Carbs will slow you down if you let them but they can also be a energy source if you get pass the psychological drive to be sedate after you eat them.

    Can you find a gym to workout during your lunch hour for 45 minutes?

    You can also find a full-service gym that will let you go in the morning, take a shower and get clean all at the gym. I see a lot of business people doing that in the city.

    How long is your workout now? what do you do? Do you have any days off during the week at all?

    I work and go to school full-time. So, thats what worked for me. Ultimately the best decision was getting a home gym setup to decrease my transit time and make it much easier to workout.

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    Nov 09, 2011 12:57 PM GMT
    It takes longer to get fat than it does to get fit.
    Keep that in mind while thinking you don't have time. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 09, 2011 1:24 PM GMT
    80 hours a week?

    You chose your priorities.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 09, 2011 1:32 PM GMT
    I would ask you why you are working 80 hours a week. You may be doing more to harm yourself by consistently doing that, than the benefits of exercise. My suggestion is to reduce to work time to 60 hours a week (and thats still alot of time). If your comment is, my job requres it.... I suggest you get another job.

    If your priority is health.. and fitness, your job isn't adding.
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    Nov 09, 2011 1:34 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI would ask you why you are working 80 hours a week. You may be doing more to harm yourself by consistently doing that, than the benefits of exercise. My suggestion is to reduce to work time to 60 hours a week (and thats still alot of time). If your comment is, my job requres it.... I suggest you get another job.

    If your priority is health.. and fitness, your job isn't adding.

    I agree completely. When it comes to these topics, you offer good advice.
  • Bowyn_Aerrow

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    Nov 09, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    I am going to be contrary here.

    A week of seven days has only 168 hours in it.

    You are working 80 hours, thus you are left with 88 hours.

    The average person needs 8 hour of restful sleep a night, that is 56 hours, leaving you with 32 hours.

    You NEED sleep if you are working out. Muscle repair mostly takes place when you are in bed, sleeping. Recovery from your routine relies heavily on the sleep you get.

    You also need to eat properly, that ain't gonna happen out of KFC, Burger King, and all of those other places. That means you have to shop for good food, then use up time to cook and prepare that food. And don't you DARE scarf that food down, you need to chew your food. You also need to bathe, brush teeth, shave, use the toilet, wash hands....

    While others see work as an 'excuse' the reality is that you have to face the fact that you are working and you can't take short cuts in health in order to buildup that body.

    Either you need to switch jobs, taking on a 40 hour a week job, taking a cut in pay then have the time to work out and build your body, plus rest, eat properly, blah blah blah. Or you are going to have to accept that the exercise you are getting is all you can get with your work scheduled.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Nov 09, 2011 6:58 PM GMT
    Just do it.
  • michaelf2011

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    Nov 10, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies. As to why I work 80 hr/week... I'm an Intern in my med residency, they would prolly work us more if there weren't the guidelines there are now. I agree woking 80 hrs/week is not healthy I don't do it every month but do more months than I don't. I have really changed up my diet and have made a lot of progress there. It's surprising how unhealthy the food at my hospital is. Isn't our job promoting health, lol.
    I'm trying to focus on right now working on my non-call days (every other day). I would love to work out before work, I used to do that in med school. Right now my schedule has me getting to the hospital at 530 and usually work till about 7pm. I'm doing insanity and getting my cardio back up so I can start running again. But hey it's only 2.5 more years till I can have more control over my schedule!