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I've always had such a hard time maintaining a work out regimen while going to school/working. I don't like getting up super early, so working out before work/school never happens. By the time I'm done with work/school, I'm too exhausted to go.


Granted it's only been a week but I've been going to the gym 5 days now, and don't people say it takes 21 times for a habit to form? So if I keep at it, eventually it'll become a habit. Or so I'm hoping.

Anyway, basically all this pent up anxiety was driving me nuts and I'm finding exercise is a great way to feel better about this whole wait-and-see-if-I-got-in-anywhere situation. I'm starting to feel more energetic, too.

If I do happen to get into a grad school (and even if I don't), I hope to maintain this exercise thing.

How do you all maintain (or struggle to maintain) your work outs?


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I definitely did when I started out. (I took the Insanity challenge.) Eventually, I couldn't live without it. The first two weeks will be tough (in regards to persisting with it), but once you pass that mark, it should be ok. 


Edit: Sorry, I forgot to add any snippet of advice. It really helped for me to exercise at a set time/around the same time of the day everyday. If you miss that time, always have a backup hour you can do it at. I left myself as few opportunities to skip out as possible. 

Also, what was most important was to have a specific goal. I had a picture of what I wanted my body to look like by the end of it, and I would chant to myself when the workout was a little too strenuous or I was feeling unmotivated. Phrases like "Bikini Bod" were surprisingly effective. 

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I used to train from Monday to Saturday, 3 hours per day (30 min running, 15-20 min stretching, 1,5 hours of technique, pads or sparring, 30 min calisthenics, 15 min of bike to cool down). Great shape. But I don't think I will be able to maintain this training regime in grad school, obviously... nevertheless I hope to be able to train like this at least 2 or 3 days per week. The rest of the week, I will try to go running as usual (30 min) and train with Tabata intervals (1 Tabata = 8 intervals consisting in 20 seconds of workout - whatever exercise you want - giving your 200%, 10 seconds rest).


I suggest you try Tabata! It doesn't take a lot of time (1 Tabata = 4 min) and it works. It's pretty intense, you don't need more than 4 tabata per day to mantain a great shape. You don't even need a gym.

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Way to go! My advice would be to set a number of times to work out per week and let yourself be flexible in how you fulfill that allotment. And always have a 20 minute toning routine you can do in front of the TV on the days you are just too beat to go to the gym.

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I personally am not that worried about becoming extremely fit, but I do make sure that I go work out for about an hour 3 days a week. Even if it doesn't produce results, working out greatly improves my mood.


Don't make excuses, set a time and do it.

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I am quite passionate about running, and like you I have no desire to get up early and do anything in the mornings. What I have started doing is going back to my apartment for lunch and bringing back with me a small running backpack with a change of clothes. I usually work later in the lab than when the last bus leaves so it forces me to run home most nights which I enjoy even though I an exhausted. I have Sunday's off so I usually try to spend plent of time outside then.


The hardest part is always getting yourself out the door, whether it be the gym, your bike, or a run. Once you take that first step the rest become much easier, so you must will yourself to take that first step and get moving.

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My advice is to have a partner to motivate you, keep you on track, and have some friendly competition with.


There are ALWAYS days that I don't want to go to the gym... but then my grandma and grandpa call me (they happen to be my workout partners :) ), and tell me to get my ass out of bed and go workout. It's been working so far!

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I am the type of person who, if left to my own devices, would never be motivated to work out. I've always found workout classes are the best motivator for me. I sign up for a studio membership and stick to it! I've taken yoga clases, zumba classes, ballet, pilates, and right now I am looking to switch things up by taking crossfit. Knowing that I paid a chunk of money in advance for workout classes helps to motivate me to go to them and get my moneys worth. I usually take classes in the evening, but I am hoping to start working out in the mornings.


I agree with everyone above who said the hardest part is getting out the door to workout. I always struggle to get out the door, but once I am done with my classes I feel so much better. Good luck!

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