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9/4/12 11:32 P

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I know that this is an old thread, but thanks for the tips anyway! I'm on my second week as a 1L and I can see how intentional I will have to be about making time for exercise... Week one was not so good.

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9/10/11 3:59 P

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I've just signed up for an open university law degree. I am studying 2 modules at once so they recommend 32 hours per week but i also work at 32 hours per week. so havent really got that much time to work out in between. Is this possible?

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5/7/11 11:46 A

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Moving into the second week of finals right now. Finals-time always seems to be the worst time to get to the gym! I hope I can be better next summer when I am studying for the bar!

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3/15/11 3:54 P

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I'm a 3L and this year its really easy for me, the hardest time I had was during my 2L summer when I was working and eating out all the time. I agree that making an appointment helps. I think that working out in the morning is always the best policy. I only have to shower once and I control my mornings. Things come up in the afternoon and evening, but things don't come up in the morning. It also helps to have someone or a few someones who can team up with you. Yoga with the girls on Friday, Tuesday morning with my husband, Boot Camp with a friend etc.

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3/1/11 10:55 P

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having a permanent locker at the gym must really help with squeezing in workouts like that.

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2/28/11 7:58 A

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I put everything in ical and since I live by my calendar, I actually will go to the gym if it's on there. I also try to be efficient w/ my time and if I have 2 hours between classes or events, I'll see that as a prime opportunity to get a work out in instead of puttering or wasting time doing something else.

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2/12/11 2:32 P

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i'm already addicted to google calendar, so this bodes well!

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1/12/11 11:32 A

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It definitely depends on your class schedule, and if you have to commute, but there are usually ways to fit in a workout.

2nd semester of my 1L year, 9:00 a.m. was my earliest class. I would meet two friends and go to the student rec from 6:00-7:00 and have time to go home, shower, and eat before class.

If you have less time in the mornings, options are always keeping a locker at the gym, showering there, and bringing a healthy breakfast on the go. The same goes for if you have a break between classes during the day and want to work out during that free time.

Sadly, I did not work out as consistently this semester because I was volunteering at a Legal Aid firm starting at 8:00 in the morning, and felt there wasn't enough time for an hour morning workout.

THIS semester, I have arranged my classes in a devilishly genius fashion, where I am only taking 14 credits (2 are for moot court - and my team wrote our brief over break so we just have to practice), and only morning classes 2 days a week. I am incorporating the weekends in my workouts as well, which is something I did not do before. Sorry this was so long, hopefully it helps with the ideas!

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1/8/11 9:59 P

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Also I agree that Google Calendars will save your life. If you schedule everything in it including blocking out time for studying and time to spend with friends and family you will be ahead of the game. Oh, and don't fall into the drinking (booze) trap! Save your calories, time, and brain health for better things.

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1/8/11 9:55 P

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Hi! I just finished my first semester as an 1L and I'll tell you a lot of my classmates totally gave up on physical activity. It caused them to gain weight and to be more stressed and sickly by the time it was over. I made it a priority to fit in at least 30 minutes 3 times a week. First, it actually boosts your brain power to work out, so think of it as a study aid! Secondly it really helps you to de-stress. I am not a morning person, but whatever time you pick just dedicate particular days to running. I run after school at least 3 days a week and once on the weekend. I promise myself that I'll read after my work out and that works for me. I was able to do all my reading assignments and run 3-4 times a week. I had a lot less stress, wound up with an A gpa and lost 10 pounds! It is totally possible so don't worry. As long as you make it as important as eating, sleeping and reading you'll do fine.

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1/8/11 1:57 A

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You should be able to do it. I spend 120 min on the treadmill/ elliptical M-F while listening to my lectures... 30miles/week, since I am unable to jog that long!lol

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5/15/10 10:08 A

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I start law school this fall and these tips sound great. I plan to take full advantage of a free gym as a student and workout in the afternoons after classes. I'm also a morning person so I'd like to keep running at least 15-25 miles a week before classes.

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5/10/10 2:45 P

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I uploaded my lectures (from my $30 digital recorder to my IPOD) then I go to the gym from 8am-10am and listen to the lectures while jogging. emoticon

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4/2/10 4:44 P

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Hi,

I'm a 2L. I understand that it can be hard to find time to exercise in school. My first semester I barely went to the gym at all. But my second, I made more of an effort to go and I actually did better. Currently, I commute about an hour-hour and a half each day to school, full classes, and basically work two jobs. It's hard fitting it in, but I usually end up making it to the gym 3-5 times a week for an hour.

My tips:

-squeeze in homework/read ahead so you have more "you" time. I always look at the next week's reading the weekend before and figure out how long it's going to take me. (eg. I read about 30 pages an hour and have 5.5 hours a week on the train.) I then figure out how long I'm going to be sitting on the train or in between classes and leave that homework to do then.

-get natural exercise: take the stairs, walk to work if possible, etc.

- If you currently watch tv shows, join a gym with tvs attached to the machines. You can catch up on your favortie shows and get health at the same time.

-on weekends I exercise right after I get up and eat breakfast. I like having big chunks of time to get stuff done. This way my workout is out of the way, and I can spend the rest of the day getting stuff done.

-avoid night classes. Depending on what you want/need to take night classes might be necessary. For me they were just bad. By the time I got home it was 8 or 9, and too late to go to the gym. All I wanted to do was stuff my face and sleep.

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3/11/10 1:42 P

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I'm a 3L and I work, so I'm pretty busy and feel your pain. Even when you do have time to work out, you are tired! Why would you want to work out?! If you are part of a gym, attend classes!! This way, you know you will be at the gym from 6-7 or whatever time and you can check that off your list. I'm obsessed with google calendars so I use it for everything. I put all my classes, as well as gym classes on it. Put studying on there too, and all your time is mapped out. Takes some of the frustration out. Good luck!

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1/26/10 12:58 P

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Fit in activity wherever you can. I always take the stairs, even with all my books, I walk to school, take the dog on walks, and get up early to hit the gym even for only 20 minutes.

I also started a food/fitness blog to keep me accountable.
www.cardiofoodie.com

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1/5/10 7:55 P

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I always work out in the evenings as well. It really makes it easier when you can just put on PJs after your shower, rather than having to get ready all over again. Plus, once you develop the habit, you will find your body has energy left for the workout at the end of the day. And your walking definitely counts - casebooks are HEAVY!!

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1/3/10 2:11 A

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You guys have given some really great tips and I'll definitely be referring to this thread in the fall when I start my first year.

Thanks again!

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12/28/09 10:02 P

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I've been selectively purchasing those audio book study guides and listening to them on the treadmill. Especially when it gets into finals time, I get so antsy! It gives me a way to get out some energy but not feel guilty that I've stepped away from the books. They run about $50, but the library has them for 1L classes and a few others. My boyfriend reads his notes and outlines on the elliptical, but I have to admit, I'm not that dedicated! Even if it's a slow walk so you don't get too sweaty between classes, you could make good use of an otherwise wasted 1/2 hr! Best of luck!

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12/7/09 2:51 P

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I've ran a marathon and done a fitness competition while in law school so believe me I've tried everything. What works best for me is doing 30 minute videos in the evening either b4 studying or after. That way I don't have to care about what I look like, pack anything else for my day, and can shower right after and study in my robe or be relaxed and go to bed in my pj's.

I have no time at all I use a 3lb weight and alternate bicep curls while doing lunges. Lunges burn a lot of calories since your legs are big muscles.

I hope that helps!


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10/22/09 6:59 A

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First, I'd say not to discount the walking. You are walking with what is, I imagine, a heavy bag. Start logging your time on sparkpeople to see how many calories it burns. I found that the days I walk 5 miles I can bun almost 700 calories. Some of that is speed, but some is just the pure length of time.

I would also suggest trying to work in small amounts of strength training. It's really great for you, and you will be able to see results faster in some ways.

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10/13/09 11:44 A

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I've been doing really great with my nutrition since starting at SP and have had a positive result so far (I've lost about 9lbs in the last month and a half), but I just can't find time to work out. :(

I go to school in DC but live far out in Maryland. The commute is, overall, about an hour and a half each way. I leave the house at 7am and get to school in time for breakfast and class. I finish with school between 4pm and 8pm depending on the day and am totally exhausted when I get home. Between getting my readings done and getting enough sleep, there's not much time to have a real workout.

The only real physical activity I am getting is my walking throughout the day. I have a pedometer and am averaging 2.5-3.5miles per weekday and a little less than that on the weekends. I don't know what else I can do. I have breaks during some days of class where I could go to the school gym. My earlier days could have an extra walk/jog when I get home. But overall I just never have any extra energy or motivation.

Anyone have any thoughts/ideas for me? Is my daily walking enough? (At least 2 miles of it per day is brisk, 15 minutes without stopping, with a backpack on.)

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