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11/14/10 6:05 P

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I think I will do Insanity again because it really helps not to have to plan a workout especially at this time in my life...the intensity does build so I may have to start at the higher level videos...I worry about my muscles being use to what I have been doing but the cardio is awesome! For this week I will do the "recovery" dvd from the first month, my muscles need a break (I can tell since I pulled a hamstring yesterday that my muscles are a little overworked, lol). Maybe I will ask my partner to get me a new workout dvd set for Christmas!

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11/14/10 2:58 P

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Hi Tymberwolfe! I'm glad that the insanity workout program has been working out so well for you! Can you start it again from the beginning or do you work up to harder intensities? You could consider playing the last few weeks again.

You can always just schedule workout TIME each day and pick some exercises to do. I know it is good to mix up days where you do upper and lower body so that your muscles can heal after a workout.


Right now I'm focusing on making a small exercise commitment each day (15 minutes on the elliptical) so that I can make it more of a habit. I'll plan to go for longer most of the time (my original plan was for 30 minutes a day) but at least this way 15 minutes seems like such a small commitment that I feel like I can get it done daily without any problem.

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11/14/10 2:16 P

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I am using the "Insanity" program which is really hard core but it is a 60 day program which takes the guess work out of planning my workouts...I know every day I have a 1 hour commitment to put in that day's assigned DVD and workout. Since I am a person that must keep a commitment I have made to myself, it works and I feel a sense of accomplishment every time I finish a workout (6 days a week). It really helps keep me stay focused and although sometimes it is a struggle it forces me to be organized enough to schedule my study time. It has been invaluable and now that I have only one day left of it I am scrambling to find a new workout plan which forces me to be just as committed.

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10/19/10 6:08 P

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I guess this just makes me think about how important it is for us all to find a good balance between school and exercise. We're asked to constantly be learning new things and reading reading reading. I think exercising regularly helps us all to keep down the stress and concentrate better. This is true for people in general but I guess I feel like within my department the most successful students have been the ones who really make time for healthy living.

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10/9/10 1:38 P

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I've definitely found that the ability to concentrate this week has gone up since I started following Dr's Orders and walking min 30 minutes a day. I knocked out a lecture in about 30 minutes - usually they take an hour; I've gotten more work done on the Thesis of Doom, and remembered to do all kinds of other follow-up things that kept slipping my mind otherwise.

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10/4/10 6:18 A

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I think cardio has a lasting impact on my ability to focus. Strength training is less effective, but it helps keep my body from aching after hours and hours in a chair.



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10/3/10 8:12 P

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I'm usually more ready to work after I've worked out and eaten a snack. Exercise really gets my brain moving. The only exception is yoga. While I love it, I'm almost too relaxed to study!

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10/3/10 3:46 P

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after. if i get some yoga or exercise done, then try to get some work done, it works well. otherwise i can't sit still and keep bouncing around trying to do something--i gotta wear my body out a little to give my mind some time to focus

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10/3/10 2:58 P

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As academics we pretty much always have something that we need to read or work on. I am wondering how you feel a workout impacts this? Do you feel like you can concentrate better or worse after cardio? How about strength training?

Personally, I feel like I need maybe 10 minutes to catch my breath after which I feel like I can concentrate and work better.

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