Finding time to workout during school? - page 2

for everyone who works out routinely during the semester...how do you do it? with classes, clinicals, and studying how do you fit it into your schedule? anytime i'm doing something other than... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I take the stairs all the time. I swim in my offtime. Do yoga at home. Do other things at home as well.
  2. by   Josh L.Ac.
    Quote from jov
    see! I was right! I do need a wife!

    While for me it would be tempting to have two wives, I have to remember that I barely have time for one.
  3. by   jov
    I think we want wives for different reasons....................................
  4. by   browneyedgirl71
    I like to take walks for study breaks. If I'm not walking during a break, I do some sit ups or push ups...this helps me stay awake and since I hate doing them....I actually want to go back and study!

    I also make sure that I have exercise equipment at home....nothing huge, like weights or exercise videos. I find that if it's here, I'm more likely to do it than if I have to go to the gym. I know i could definitely exercise more, but I'll take it where I can get it!!
  5. by   marilynmom
    IMO we all NEED to make time to workout while in nursing school! I think it should be just as important a studying. Your going to help keep your stress levels down, have more energy to be able to do all we have to do (clinicals, classes, kids, homework,housework, etc) and keep our weight at least maintained.
  6. by   jov
    I'm not sure I agree with some of the posters who say they get up an hour early to get to the gym. Seems to me like paying sleep deprivation for exercise is not exactly a payoff...
  7. by   Sunshine0425
    I like to run about 3 miles everyday. It is a great cardio workout and takes very little time. Under 30 minutes for run+ cool down. I am wanting to get a treadmill for winter months b/c with it getting dark so early it will be hard to run when I get home every night before it gets dark.
  8. by   JoshuaC
    Diet has a lot to do with how well you maintain your body comp. or how well you lose weight, gain weight, ect.. So keep in mind that diet is far more important than exercise, although exercise is still very important.

    As far as lifting weights goes, you can get by with lifting 2 days a week if you do it right. Full-body workouts done properly will do more good than working out 4 days a week not knowing what you're doing.

    This is a good forum to check out for help about exercise http://forum.bodybuilding.com

    It's not impossible to work around most everyone's schedule, you just have to plan it out and stick to it.

    By the way, I'm a health nut.
  9. by   GTChick01
    Quote from jov
    I'm not sure I agree with some of the posters who say they get up an hour early to get to the gym. Seems to me like paying sleep deprivation for exercise is not exactly a payoff...
    I use to run everday, in the morning around 5:30am, until I got into a car wreck and hurt my back (herniated disc). Getting up was rarely a problem and I always felt great throughout the day. After my wreck I started sleeping in and I felt like crap at work. I'd fall asleep at my desk and nod off on the way home sometimes. I'd also have trouble falling asleep and rarely laid down before midnight. Overall I just felt.... bleh. I am now 3 weeks back into my old exercise routine - getting up at 5:30am again - and I feel SOOO much better. I am more tired at night and I'm usually in bed no later than 11:00 and I sleep better. When the alarm goes off in the morning, I get up and I feel great. Seriously. I know it sounds weird, but exercising in the AM has made a HUGE difference for me, and I love it. You should give it a try.
  10. by   GTChick01
    Quote from JoshuaC
    Diet has a lot to do with how well you maintain your body comp. or how well you lose weight, gain weight, ect.. So keep in mind that diet is far more important than exercise, although exercise is still very important.
    This is so true. I can tell the difference in my workouts if I eat bad the day before. I always feel much better if I stick to my healthy foods and not venture out... but bad for you foods taste soooooo good.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Seems to me like paying sleep deprivation for exercise is not exactly a payoff...
    Depends on how early they are going to bed, though.
  12. by   FutureRNurseK
    I am also a very active person and like to stay fit and in shape. My school (luckly) has a new state of the art gym that opens at 6 am. My classes dont start until later in the morning (8 ish), so i get dropped off early and work out for an hour then get ready for class.

    I also record my lectures on my digital recorder, which i then load onto my IPOD and listen to it when i work out...if i'm not craving listening to my music instead . I find then i dont feel bad about not being cramped over books/notes.

    I also canoe and kayak every sat or sunday just to get out for 3 or 4 hours...cant beat that.

    GOOD LUCK!
  13. by   mrod
    I actually fit my workouts (aerobic weights, aerobics and pilates) as study breaks sometimes. Especially on a long day of studying...it only takes about an hour. An hour break is not that bad and then I take the 20 min shower for bed. I actually like to work out at night, right before bed. Weird I know but I am actually get really tired so I sleep like a baby. Exercising before bed does not keep me up it actually puts me to sleep like the big bang at the end of a tiring day in school and studying anyway.
    I thought about trying to workout in the morning before class. I have to get up for clinical for 5:30 am 2 days out of the week (Tues and Wed) On Mon, Thurs and Fridays I wake up at 6:30....hmmmm maybe I should try waking up at 5 am and exercising. I just feel like I need 10 min to wake up and then I am afraid I am going to be lathargic while exercising. That way I can go to bed every night by 11 pm and sleep until 5 am (6 hours) and be good.
    I feel like I am talking to myself here, this is very therapeutic just to talk it out hah?! :roll

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