Motivation in the face of Exhaustion after School!
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Fitness Minutes: (1,434) Posts: 34 8/1/11 10:57 P
The worst part for me is convincing myself that the walk to the gym is worth it. It's a TWO MINUTE WALK and I STILL find excuses not to go. "It's too hot/cold/wet out," "The construction crew will run me over," etc.
Once you overcome the distance between you and the gym and get into the groove of things, it'll be that much easier.
Besides, think of all those other times you were burned out and just stayed home to relax. All those years of watching TV instead of doing something productive and good for yourself could have REALLY added up. Why not make the next few years that much better?
current weight: 170.0
Posts: 900 8/1/11 5:53 P
I don't have a super intensive schedule-- I have large gaps of time in between classes, sometimes up to 8 hours so I can't say for sure. But I like to take breaks and get in my workout because I've realized that I feel much better after I've worked out. So if I start to get stressed out with reviewing/studying, I'll take 20 minutes to excercise know that it a) counts b)helps me feel better AND improves my focus by taking a break.
I guess if you can convince yourself that its worth it, and you'll feel better once you do it you're golden.
current weight: 130.0
Posts: 36 4/11/11 2:09 P
I agree with the videos idea too. There are days where I know I have class and work all day and since I know I will be tired when I get home, I think ahead. Even if it's a very busy day, a core stretch or yoga video gets you the workout and some peace of mind. Put my favorite DVD in the player and roll out my yoga mat already in the middle of the room and make sure my towel is out and my water bottles are in the fridge cold. When I walk in the door, the first thing I see is my workout greeting me. It's so hard to say no when all you have to do is press play!!! Good luck! Remember everything can be made into a workout - even cleaning. Just keep moving!
Fitness Minutes: (571) Posts: 9 4/5/11 8:43 P
I have been going on walks and doing my spark strength training before bed at night which I can do all at home. Also walking around the campus
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 613 3/23/11 12:10 A
I work and go to school. My class times are always in the evenings but the days change each semester. Then My work schdule changes all the time. So it will be hard for me to get up and work out in the morning. I have to work out when the time seems right for me. Most of the time for me it is mid day or night. Working out at night is kind of bad in the sense I get enegry and don't want to sleep. But when I was working out in the morning I always felt tired.
current weight: 200.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,637) Posts: 7 2/14/11 9:47 P
I've seen another person or two mention this, but I feel that it deserves repeating (because it's worked for me). Exercise in the morning! It's tough to get started on, but it's a lot easier to make sure that you do it in the morning because other things aren't going to interfere and allow you to 'be too busy' as happens often in the afternoon/evenings.
As for caffeine as some people have commented on... I'm a coffee drinker myself... once you get to exercising (yes, getting out the door is hard, but once you do it's so much easier) you'll start waking up naturally. I still sit an enjoy coffee afterwards, but I don't need to it get moving, especially with running which wakes you up quickly (especially when it's cold).
I do weights and have been working on getting swimming in the afternoons and feel that I'm even more willing to set aside time after a long day when I've already been exercising in the morning (personal motivation) but, at times, still find that the afternoon/evening is the easiest time to 'be too busy' to work out. And my days do go long, with some running from 8 or 9am to the same time in the evening, so still having that motivation afterwards is good.
So long story short... exercise in the morning (I'm up before 6... with classes not starting until 9 or later... but the open morning is often relaxing and or productive). Once you get on that schedule, it's easier to add more time in the afternoon to exercise more... and it's all reinforcing itself from there on I think.
Wish you all the best in your own endeavors!
Posts: 151 2/9/11 10:11 P
Just keep reminding myself that I'll feel better afterwards. Sometimes when I need to get some reading done for class I take my book with me and read it while on the bike. Killin two birds with one stone.
Pounds lost: 4.0
Fitness Minutes: (485) Posts: 19 2/2/11 4:00 P
The two things that work for me are 1) always bring your gym stuff with you so that you don't have to go home before going to gym, because you are a lot less likely to leave once you're already at your house. 2) Find a buddy. It's harder to skip a workout if someone is counting on you. They're great for keeping you accountable.
current weight: 163.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 4 2/1/11 4:13 A
I definitely think that group classes helped me ALOT last year!!! It was awesome having to pencil in a kickboxing class or cycling class because I was paying for it! But sometimes I would ditch for commitments or days when I got no sleep... But I recently joined a curves and lost about five pounds this month! What I like the most is that I can go, workout, shower at home, and be on my way within an hour or forty-five minutes and it's super effective because it works out specific areas on the body. But as far as just going to the gym on campus, I think planning is key for example my library is right next to the gym so I always put on my sneakers when I go to the library so I can go to the gym on a study break!
current weight: 270.0
Fitness Minutes: (88) Posts: 13 1/31/11 8:22 P
What has been helping me I think is watching a few diet/exercise shows. Like the show I used to be fat. That is a good one. I keep thinking if I program this shows into my thoughts, then there won't be a time that I don't want to work out. Maybe, like now for instance, sit down and write down all the benefits that you will get from working out and place them somewhere that you will see them when you come home. That is the best thought I have.
Fitness Minutes: (14,443) Posts: 11 8/15/10 5:54 A
I try to put a bottle of water into the fridge before I go to class or anywhere else. When I come back and feel exhausted, I put on some energizing music I like, make some coffee or black tea and drink the cold water while dancing around. That way I get a quick energy boost and the coffee or the tea make it last longer. It works most of the times and makes me happy. ^-^
current weight: 117.0
Posts: 5 8/13/10 5:26 P
I bought a second hand stationary bike for those days when my classes ran all day and I just couldn't bear the idea of a busy gym. As soon as i got in before, the huge fatigue hit, I'd jump on in front of the t.v and go at it for a little bit. The t.v was mind numbing enough to block out of the school stuff and help me relax and i still got some exercise in.
When exams hit I have this image of me cycling with my books perched on the handlebars in some representation of physical and mental prowess but I know for a fact i'll be curled over my desk clutching my coffee and glaring at anyone who dares pass my way.
Posts: 3 7/5/09 12:27 P
last semester I didnt have class till 11 and i got up and did hw and i got way more sleep so i was much more energized for class, I loved it! I think im going to shoot for a similar schedule this semester!
Posts: 218 7/5/09 10:58 A
if class doesn't start until 9:30 I would go in the morning. I go to school year round and last semester I didn't have class until 1pm, it was great, I got up, worked out, had breakfast, did homework then went to class. This semester I have class at 8, I tried the same scenario, but getting up early was wearing me out too much and I was getting sick a lot. Now instead of working out, I lowered my calories burned to account for the fact that my only workout daily is walking to and from school. If you can handle the earlier mornings, I'd try the morning workouts. You have SO much more energy if you work out in the morning. You could also try getting some videos to do at home, so when you don't feel like leaving the house, you don't have an excuse not to work out.
current weight: 144.0
Posts: 8 7/4/09 4:47 P
I have the same problem! I drink Mt. Dew instead of coffee. I think the caffeine makes things worse. For me the hardest part is just starting. You get home, sit down on the couch, and you get hit with all the day's fatigue all at once. Then its next to impossible to get up. My advice is don't sit down. Seriously, just don't sit down. Walk in, change, walk out, and go to the gym. If I stay moving I don't get as tired.Good luck!
current weight: 225.0
Posts: 6 7/18/08 6:12 P
Heya, thanks everyone, I managed to get my ass to the gym today, and checked the opening hours, so maybe a morning sesh and a bit of extra self-willing will help out over the next couple of weeks!
It does feel great after a good session of running and weight training...and watching some of the better looking men while they are weight training too haha. xx
current weight: 163.0
Posts: 147 7/18/08 4:50 P
Hi! You might want to try exercising before your classes. I always find that I have a lot more energy throughout the day when I exercise in the morning, so perhaps it'll help you, too. And then you won't have to worry quite so much about exercising once classes are over for the day.
current weight: 116.2
Posts: 1,541 7/18/08 11:51 A
The best thing for me was to figure out a time when I wasn't so tired.. Like early in the morning, so I would make time to run or something while I was at my best.. or right now if you can't get any exercise in then just remember to walk the longer distance to your car, or walk the stairs to class instead of taking the elevator... Hopefully that helps..
"If you must begin then go all the way, because if you begin and quit, the unfinished business you have left behind begins to haunt you all the time." – Chogyam Trungpa
Goal: run 30 minutes every other day
Goal: 25/25/25 (pushups/crunches/squats) every day
Goal: Be mindful of my portion intake
Goal: Drink 8 glasses of water a day
Goal: Be happy with being me!
Pounds lost: 5.3
Fitness Minutes: (20,210) Posts: 1,794 7/18/08 11:31 A
Try promising yourself you'll quit if you just do one thing and don't want to keep going, then you'll leave.
Also, have you considered trying something like going for a walk instead of going to the gym? I know it is probably hot out; but that way all you need to do is summon up enough energy to your shoes on and walk out the door.
I can't fail if I don't quit.
current weight: 223.0
Posts: 37 7/18/08 9:26 A
The way I did it, when I was going religiously (not anymore ) was to literally drag myself off the couch, bed, whatever, get dressed, and just go. It helps if you remind yourself that after you go for a while, you'll have even more energy in the long run. I wouldn't drink too much coffee though, I would think the caffeine would get to you. Not sure if any of that will help, but there it is!
current weight: 198.0
Posts: 6 7/18/08 3:08 A
I'm taking summer courses right now, which are more intensive than during the year: 9:30 am until 6pm Monday through thursday, taking lecture notes.
By the time I get home I'm exhausted mentally, the only thing I want to do is eat dinner and go to bed or sit in front of the TV and relax.
I feel like I need to drink large multiple cups of coffeeeeee to get enough energy to go to the gym...
Any ideas on how to beat the lack of motivation after long days??
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