Oct 3, 2008 2:18pm

dladelfa dladelfa
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I have a very busy schedule! I work full time and I also go to school full time! I barely have any leisure time for myself. Although, I am working out 5-6 days a week, I have to push myself to drive to the gym!! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep going with a busy schedule??

Oct 3, 2008 2:28pm

StevenG StevenG
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It may be a tough habit to start, but I found my morning workout to be the one way I am sure to include exercise in my day. It also has the advantage of jump starting the metabolism. I get between 45-90 minutes in and not only do I feel great, I feel motivated to try and sneak in another workout at lunch or in the evening. (judging from your picture we both have young kids, so I try to do it before they are up.)

Just be sure you eat something or get a glass of milk in before you attempt it so you are breaking down the food and not your lean muscle mass.

Oct 4, 2008 7:36am

JuryDuty JuryDuty
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I think the best thing you can do is get a gym buddy at your gym. The accountability really helps and keeps you active together. Plus, it turns exercise into a social event which feels more like leisure than work. :)

Oct 5, 2008 5:59am

laxcola laxcola
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My wife and I have made it part of our daily routine. This makes it so we have to decide to go do something else instead of deciding to goto the gym. It’s also seems to be helpful that we are both not normally looking to skip a gym day on the same day.

Oct 5, 2008 7:44am

sporty sporty
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You just have to make it where it is something you MUST do daily – like going to work, brushing your teeth, showering, etc.

That is how I fit it in. I know I must do it daily. I am very busy like you. I have a career that requires late nights, plus I have 4 very busy kids all in sports… but I make sure this part of my life is a MUST have.

Oct 6, 2008 6:59am

sawolf01 sawolf01
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I can tell you what your problem is right now. It goes back to psychology 101 in college (or high school if you went to a good high school). Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. At the most base level is what we NEED to survive (food, shelter, water, etc.). As humans, we take care of these things instinctively, without even thinking about them. If you look at different versions of the hierarchy, some people put exercise in with food and water.

So if you tell me you’re having trouble finding the time to exercise, I say I think you need to reevaluate the importance you put on exercise. See what you can change in your perception to make sure that you start considering exercise part of your basic level of needs. This is usually a manual effort at first and after a while of seeing the results you want, assuming you desire the results for the right reasons, it will become habit and therefore part of your base maslow hierarchy of needs.

If you look at Maslow’s pyramid, you can see the degrees of which people would consider exercise and “getting / staying in shape” important to them. If you think you have to in order to have sex, you will put it at your most basic need (since sex is an instinctual drive that is at the most base level). If you think you need to exercise for medical reasons, you would put it at the 2nd level. For family reasons, 3rd, etc.. etc.. Interesting stuff.

Maslow Wiki

Oct 6, 2008 7:45am

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Something else that applies I think. In project management, we use a principle called the cost triangle. You can have 2 and only two of the following: price, time, quality. This is very true for projects (I will draw the parallel to exercise and fitness in a minute) if you think about it. If you want something fast and cheap, you’re going to sacrifice quality. If you want something fast and good quality, it’s going to cost you price (be expensive). Etc.

For exercising results it is that same way. If you don’t want to lose alot of time but you still want results (quality), you will have to spend more (whether you view this cost as actual money like buying your own equipment at home, or having plastic surgery haha or you view this cost as sacrificing other things in your life). If you want to get results for cheap, it will take you longer (and arguably will be harder since you have to stay motivated and dedicated). Something to think about.

Oct 12, 2008 5:48am

ArnieFan ArnieFan
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Take the time to Make the Time or should it be Make the Time to take the Time. You get what saying.

Oct 13, 2008 1:21pm

lockeddoor84 lockeddoor84
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I don’t sleep :)

Oct 13, 2008 1:39pm

fattysmo fattysmo
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Getting up early helps. I get up at 7 to hit the gym before starting my day. It’s difficult (was easier when I had a gym partner because I was accountable to him, but now I work out at the gym in my apt complex), but it helps wake your mind up in the morning. Participating in a lot of challenges on this website also helps motivate me to get up so early, since I’m kind of competitive.

Ultimately, you may also need to assess how you spend your time. It may mean using what little time you have outside of work and class more efficiently. One thing that is important though is to give your body a break from time to time. Depending on how rigorously you work out, your body may get tired after a few weeks to where you need to take several days (up to a week even) off from the gym to let your body heal. Then once you feel better, hitting the gym again feels great!

Oct 13, 2008 1:58pm

lizanneh lizanneh
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Wow…if I get up at 7 I’m late for my day without a workout! I have to get up no later than 5:45 (and usually earlier) even to just fit in 20 minutes of intervals.

I think the key would really be to make the MOST of your workouts. Do exercises that work multiple muscle groups, like push ups, chin ups, pull ups, etc. Lift heavy weights (not light ones w/ lots of reps). Don’t chat up you gym buddies between sets.

Plus buy some inexpensive equipment for home, like a chin up bar, a set of dumbells, and a stability ball. Then on the days where you can’t go to the gym, you can get in a quick workout at home before hitting the sack.

I work full time and am a mom of two children. I also have responsibilities outside of work and home. So, having things at home is KEY for me (since I can’t leave my kids alone and run to the gym).

Oct 13, 2008 2:49pm

Mike Potter Mike Potter
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I work in a gym so it’s easy for me to find the time but I find a lot of people just need the extra boost so they work with a personal trainer. And once you get going, it’s pretty hard to stop.

Nov 8, 2008 9:26am

kb2qqm kb2qqm
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I am going to bed earlier and getting up earlier to hopefully be done by the time my 4 year old wakes up. That way I’m done, and can’t keep putting it off all day.

I’m just starting out.. but I am trying to change how I eat and how my body looks, and in the end want to lose 152 pounds.

Nov 9, 2008 8:17pm

jptracy jptracy
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I’m in the same bind, so I work out twice a week. I do tabata traing for my cardio – with warmup and cooldown, it takes 20 minutes start to finish and it kicks my ass. Once a week, on weekends, I do a workout which I invented called the total weight lifted workout. You just count the total weight you can lift in an hour. I rarely make it an hour; I poop out. Today I lifted 90,000 pounds in about 45 minutes. I was too tired to continue. I’m 54, and I don’t recover as well as I used to. I’ll be sore until Thursday from this workout. Usually do my Tabatas on Saturday morning, and my weight lifting on Sunday. During the week I’m way too busy to go to the gym, but I walk at least five miles a day just doing my job – I teach school.
The cool thing about the lifting workout is that you tend to gravitate toward your strongest muscles – legs, butt, back. But I also include bi’s and tri’s, abs and chest. The effect is cumulative – you get more and more tired until you just can’t anymore. I started at about 40,000 pounds; best workout so far (have done it six times total) 105,000 pounds.
A person I admire a lot does a similar workout – Clarence Bass (check out his website, it’s state of the art stuff). He’s older than me, and I think for his cardio he does rowing instead of treadmill.

Nov 9, 2008 10:44pm

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make a gym thats a bit closer to home (inside your home!)

Nov 11, 2008 6:33am

siulas siulas
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I would suggest try out polyphasic sleep. It’s really hard to get used to but if you would, then you would have a lot free time.. You sleep every 4hours for 20 minutes, without any night sleep or anything else. From what I have read it isn’t bad for your health and you have a lot free time, heard that da vinci and napoleon was sleeping this way. Only thing is that every 4 hours you MUST take a nap, otherwise you’re zombie.. :) Try to google for more information ;) This whole idea really looks crazy but I think if you need free time it’s worth it..

Nov 11, 2008 8:09am

lizanneh lizanneh
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That’s an interesting suggestion.

I’ve seen dream studies that suggest dream deprivation can lead to erratic and aggressive behavior. It sounds like poyphasic sleep would result in dream deprivation, which I don’t believe is good for long-term mental health.

Do your own research and decide.

Nov 11, 2008 8:28am

velcrobandits velcrobandits
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I wouldn’t recommend a gym buddy. You start to become dependent on a person and as soon as they start slacking you do the same. Better to be independent and take the company only when theyre willing.

Nov 11, 2008 8:29am

velcrobandits velcrobandits
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The dude who discovered polyphasic sleep died really early. I experimented with it in high school. Under no circumstances should you do this. Do not do it. Ever. Please.

Nov 11, 2008 8:52am

siulas siulas
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velcrobandits could you please point me to your source? I was reading a lot about polyphasic sleep and haven’t found anything similar. And why she shouldn’t try it out? Could you please argument your opinion?

Nov 11, 2008 4:41pm

velcrobandits velcrobandits
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oh sure. i tried out polyphasic sleep in high school like I said, and it was a huge detriment to my health. while doing it, i had spikes in blood pressure that almost became chronic, i experienced head aches and light headedness and inability to focus, among other things.

Dec 6, 2008 10:55am

abagarner abagarner
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Great ideas everyone. I’m a full time doc student, 2 small kids, work part time, and spend over 2 hrs a day in the car commuting. I’m usually on the road by 6:30am and up til 1 or 2 am (leaving about 5 hrs for sleep). I’ve just joined and have started walking the dogs, even for short walks.. to get started. Another time saver I’ve found is during commercials, even walking around the house (or chasing the kids around the house) during commercials at least gets me off the couch.
I don’t know… I’ve gained so much weight this semester from stress, I’m not sure what to do anymore. I’m hoping joining this group will help me stay on top of things.
any more suggestions are welcome!

Dec 6, 2008 12:16pm

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I wake up early… usually before 5AM if I want to fit 2.5 to 3 hours befire going to work (luckily I can arrive at work around 9:30). Then during the summer when the days last longer, I try to add another 1 to 2 hours in the evening.

That said, I need to go to bed early, sometimes before 8PM, 9PM usually being the average time when I fall asleep.

And I agree with what sporty said in an earlier post, make it somethin you do every day. I go to work, I eat, I shower every day, so I’m not looking for time to do those things, they are just things I do. The same goes for my training, I just do it every day, so I’m trying to find time to do it. It’s there and it’s a full part of my regular days.
When you think “I’ll workout when I have time”, you usually never do it, because life is like that, you rarely have time when you don’t do anything…

So don’t wait until you have nothing else to do, because it’s more likely it won’t happen.

Oh… by the way, I don’t have kids, it surely helps to fit more time for me during the day ;)

Dec 6, 2008 4:15pm

jmontague jmontague
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Honestly, the biggest thing I did to “make” the time was eliminate the necessary commute to the gym… I spent the money and put together a good home gym.

The realization that it’s worth the investment came when I realized that the best shape I was in as a younger guy came because I had a weight set in my room… I’d get bored with homework or whatever, and do a few sets to pass the time (like prison, ha).

That, and I realized that my wife and I were spending $60 a month on gym dues which we hardly used. I tried to do the whole “I’ll pack a gym bag and go after work” thing, but after a rough day, I’d skip, go home, watch some TV or play some PS3 instead. I’d say “OK, once I get bored with this, I’ll go” and never left the house even when I would get bored.

So, I spent $600 on a used weight set (over 750 lb olympic set) and a brand new eliptical machine (I have a bad knee thanks to high school football), and threw it in a spare bedroom.

I got with a bodybuilder friend of mine, set up a program, and I’m sticking to it using various electronic “nags” to make sure I do it as well as asking him to hold me accountable (I work with him, so he asks me progress every day, so I don’t like saying “I didn’t do it” out of pride)...

To that last point, if you have a calendar on your cell phone, use it to actually schedule what you have to do. I’ve got mine for everything from doing dishes and cleaning up the house (pregnant wife means more chores) to what portion of my weight program I’m going to do.

Really, it’s a mindset thing… yeah, I work 50 hours a week, if I’m lucky, I get 8 hours a sleep a night (ha), and while that’s 106 hours a week, that’s leaves 62 hours a week to get stuff done… 8 hours a day to schedule your life accordingly and plan.

Stuff does happen, life happens, and you have to adjust, but if you’re not actively scheduling yourself to get things done, you never will.

Dec 8, 2008 4:51pm

myles-dean myles-dean
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For me, I wake up early and am usually at the gym by 5:45 am. Its quieter and definitely not busy. I find it a great way to start the day. During summer I would walk/jog for atleast an hour everyday. It works for me.

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