Unemployment = more workout time?

  • EverettNYC

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    Apr 01, 2009 3:40 AM GMT
    I was laid off in January and since then have taken to increasing my workouts, since I have so much free time on my hands!
    I used to go to the gym 3 times a week or so, 60 minute sessions, mostly lifting and some cardio. Now I go at least 5 times a week, 90 minute lifting (sometimes a bit of cardio thrown in), and usually a 30-minute abs class at night a few times a week.
    I'm looking great - in fact, the best I've ever looked, and only getting better. I've benched a personal record this week and also can do SO much more core/ab exercises than ever! Not to mention the pushups and everything else.

    I'm afraid that when I get a full-time job again I won't be able to keep up! I tend to be a workaholic so won't have as much time to get to the gym as much as I have been. My fear is that my upkeep won't be enough to maintain/improve the body i've gotten lately!

    Anyone else experiencing the same thing, or has in the past? Did your workouts drop off after you started working, or got a more stressful job?
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    Apr 01, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
    I've always had a steady workout schedule. When I was out of work, it didn't change. The only thing that really changed was that I was able to workout and run in the mornings instead of the evenings. When I was employed again, the workout schedule went back to evenings.

    The point is, you have to make the time to workout. Don't use work as an excuse to slack off and stuff yourself with fast food. Remember, fitness is a lifestyle, not a casual hobby. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 01, 2009 6:21 AM GMT
    EverettNYC saidI was laid off in January and since then have taken to increasing my workouts, since I have so much free time on my hands!
    I used to go to the gym 3 times a week or so, 60 minute sessions, mostly lifting and some cardio. Now I go at least 5 times a week, 90 minute lifting (sometimes a bit of cardio thrown in), and usually a 30-minute abs class at night a few times a week.
    I'm looking great - in fact, the best I've ever looked, and only getting better. I've benched a personal record this week and also can do SO much more core/ab exercises than ever! Not to mention the pushups and everything else.

    I'm afraid that when I get a full-time job again I won't be able to keep up! I tend to be a workaholic so won't have as much time to get to the gym as much as I have been. My fear is that my upkeep won't be enough to maintain/improve the body i've gotten lately!

    Anyone else experiencing the same thing, or has in the past? Did your workouts drop off after you started working, or got a more stressful job?


    Working out is good. You'll be bigger before you know it!!! Endorphins. Folks like good looking people, too. Eat, work out, get something better going. No more girly man.
  • joeisme

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    Apr 01, 2009 8:32 AM GMT
    I've dropped out of University and I'm working out about six times a week compared to before, but I think once I get back into going to lectures I'm going to be working out just as much, I'll just be a busier person. I can't be without working out now I've gotten so heavily into it, in my eyes anyway.

    I think it's a good routine/lifestyle though icon_biggrin.gif
  • EverettNYC

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    Apr 13, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    Thanks for the responses guys.

    I hate to be so vain, but I look so hot now that I definitely can't NOT workout when I start a new job. I think the gym has become an addiction! Albeit a good one of course. Hopefully my next job won't be the crazy 12-hour days I was pulling before!

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    And chucky, I will pin you to the floor any day. Girly-man, phaw!
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    Apr 13, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
    It's interesting... It's been the opposite for me since I was laid off 3 weeks ago. I was going to the gym more when working (when work permitted) than when I was laid off. Not to mention, I was eating my 5 - 6 meals a day 5 days week with no problem. But since I've been laid off, I've slacked in both areas, only to get more serious about it within the last week. My thinking is due to the stress of the lay off, it's has affected my motivation in some regards.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 13, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    Congratulations on your progress !
    I think that it is extremely important to get on a schedule and stick to it. For a very long time, I have worked out 4 days a week, about 90 minutes per day, no matter what.

    I would encourage you to do the same thing. Make your workout time part of your work-a-holism. If you can workout for 60 minutes, you certainly can workout for 90 minutes.

    The secret is not "having the time," but, "making the time."

    It sounds like you're very happy with your new workout schedule. So, if I were you, I'd schedule my work around my workout schedule.

  • sportsjockla

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    Apr 13, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    I agree with Webster. Just make it part of your routine like brushing your teeth. Finding an hour 4-5x a week, isn't that hard if you really want to do it.
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    Apr 13, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    Not working = time to work on my books. I can workout anytime.