Finding the time...

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    Nov 19, 2009 2:05 PM GMT
    I've been a full-time grad student for over a year now. I've also dealt with some health issues that kept me out of the gym for several months before I started grad school (thankfully those are resolved).... I have a dog, an apartment, studying to do, etc. Then last month I got mono, just as I was trying to start going to the gym again. (Also feeling better now). I go every so often, but not nearly as much as I should.

    I know there are plenty of guys out there who are busy too... but how do you find the time and energy to do it?? Sadly, I've lost some mass since I started this whole grad school career... and I have another year and a half to go.

    So many times I plan on going to the gym but I'm exhausted from classes, have reading to do, or have to take out my dog...

    Is the answer just "you have to find and make the time" or is there some secret I dont know about?

    I used to go 4X a week, without fail... and I was seeing results. But that was when I was working predictable hours, etc. I had the mindset of going to the gym so strongly that I'd feel guilty for missing one session.

    Any suggestions as to how to build my motivation? Is it just a matter of lost sleep?
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    Nov 19, 2009 2:13 PM GMT
    There have been times in my life that I just couldn't go - and it sucks. Can you try to go 3Xs a week for 30 or 40 minutes? I'm in school and when it gets very busy that's what I do. If you lose a year at age 25 it won't be that difficult to return - & FYI I know a couple of grad students who not only don't have time to train - they say they don't even have time to masturbate....
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    Nov 19, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    Realism
    Routine.

    Try two or three times a week, schedule them in. Don´t break the appointment for anything less than you would break an appointment with your supervisor. Don´t have to be huge long periods of time, 40 mins is fine if you use it efficiently (I found mini circuits or supersetting was great for me on that as it makes it cardio exercise too and you don´t have to jog).

    Also (and not sure of your exact commitments) much of the business we fill our lives with is unnecessary and we only do it as society has taught us to.
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    Nov 19, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    I work 65 hours a week. I have an amazing boyfriend that I see on a regular basis. I have a great group of friends that I make time for each week. My family is a big part of my life also, we have family dinner at least once a week.

    I still make it to the gym 3-4 days a week. You just have to make time. If it's a priority, then make it so. It's about time management and sacrafice.
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 19, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
    Right. You have to make it a "must do" priority. What helps for me is to have my gym bag all set to go in the car, all the time. I pack not one, but two sets of workout clothes. I keep both in separate grocery bags, when I use one I put the dirty clothes inside and know that I need to get them washed.

    The hardest part is packing for the gym and making sure you have everything. I keep a ziplock bag of shower stuff, my fully charged ipod, a pair of jeans, gum, two pairs of training gloves(actually one pair is in the glovebox in case I forget to bring the bag), etc. There have been times where I just workout in a pair of jeans because I forgot the gym clothes but a time presented itself and I am working out now!

    Also, you might want to join more than one gym. When I had the money I had a membership at a gym close to work, and then a membership with a gym close to home.
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    Nov 19, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    That was me my first year of grad school. Between coursework, lesson plans, grading, and trying to conquer a foreign language in my spare time, my once-regular exercise regimen went out the window.

    Then I started noticing my body wasn't very happy with me, and I felt old. One morning, I dropped the sponge on the kitchen floor while washing dishes. Bending down to get it, I felt the most electrifyingly painful sensation in my back - I'd popped something out of place. I hardly moved for a week, and after that even an hour sitting at my desk grading brought back the throbbing.

    Needless to say, I *found* the time to get back to the gym. Ever since, I've learned to make exercise a priority. Even in my busiest, most stressful days (thesis deadline crunches, etc), I worked it in, since nothing kills stress like a few endorphins.
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    Nov 19, 2009 3:28 PM GMT



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    Nov 19, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    In the last few days, I've had a little bit of insomnia and my work has been pretty hectic. So I've been tired. But I still went to the gym. Why? From experience I've always felt better and more energized after my exercise.

    The key is moderation and flexibility in your routine. I would skip cardio and avoid heavy weights and do stretching, light weight on machines, light weight dumbell stuff, easy cable exercises and other things that I enjoy.........like the medicine ball and standing stability moves. And all I need is about half an hour of doing this.

    Getting the blood flowing and breathing correctly helps energize me.

    After exercise, my normal high energy returns, but instead of going out socially or starting a project etc, I go home and chill......savor that delicious feeling and get a good night's sleep

    If you are sick or injured, your body needs to heal.....that's a different story.

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    Nov 19, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    I work a 9 to 5 job monday thru friday, after that I'm off to class from 6 to 10 monday thru thursday. After that I hit the gym for 2 hours, then an hour of homework. I force myself to do it, then it becomes a routine. Once you're back in a routine, you won't think twice about it.
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    Nov 19, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
    collegekid2004 saidI work a 9 to 5 job monday thru friday, after that I'm off to class from 6 to 10 monday thru thursday. After that I hit the gym for 2 hours, then an hour of homework. I force myself to do it, then it becomes a routine. Once you're back in a routine, you won't think twice about it.


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    Nov 19, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
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    collegekid2004 saidI work a 9 to 5 job monday thru friday, after that I'm off to class from 6 to 10 monday thru thursday. After that I hit the gym for 2 hours, then an hour of homework. I force myself to do it, then it becomes a routine. Once you're back in a routine, you won't think twice about it.


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    Nov 19, 2009 4:11 PM GMT
    Oh I am just bloated with mutual admiration having read the posters above me!!! icon_lol.gif

    At minimum, I try to get in 50 pushups, 50 crunches and a handful of pull-ups a day. If nothing else, it keeps me from getting that awful feeling of lethargy.
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    Nov 19, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    Hey Z,

    Is there any way you can workout in the morning before work? That has help me alot in the past. Joining a 24 hour fitness and going to bed early may do the trick. All you need is 45 mintutes. You can strech before you go. Consider circuit training!
  • calibro

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    Nov 19, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    As someone who is currently in grad school too, I suggest working out first thing in the morning. Once you do it, it doesn't matter how tired the rest of your day gets you because it's already out of the way. You're body will adjust to waking up earlier if you give it proper sleep. I work out 6 times a week. A lot of the time I wish I didn't because I feel my peers are being so productive, but you have to make sacrifices. I only socialize on the weekends. Prioritize what is important and find a way to get it all done. Don't give up any one thing entirely for another.
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    Nov 19, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    What the hell am i doing on this site. I have never been to the gym. Anyways though if that is something you feel is important I would say you would find time to get to the gym.