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Finding the time to work out is hard. You wake up and go to school or work, come back exhausted and hungry with tons more to do, and by the time you’re finished, you barely have the energy left to crawl into bed. So as you can well imagine, training two to three hours a day isn’t always the easiest thing to fit into my schedule.

So how do I juggle practice and studies? Most of all, I eliminate any wasted time I can. Fast showers, no TV, and scheduled study times definitely help a lot, and avoiding laziness and procrastination is necessary.

In general, keeping my time under control lets me keep a pretty good balance between studying and practicing, but as I’m sure you’ve all experienced, slips happen. And when they do, it can be really tough to get a good grasp on your exercise and get out of the rut you’re stuck in. This past semester, during finals, I really lost track of my practice for two weeks and found myself in a vicious cycle of studying, eating, and barely sleeping, without even giving a thought to practice. As soon as finals were over, I got back to practice, but I’m still disappointed that I wasn’t able to at least fit in a couple of practices during that time.

So here are a few tips that help me when I find myself being pulled away from the gym and the track instead of being pulled toward them:

  • If you work out with music, make a new workout playlist, you’ll be motivated to try it out!
  • Set attainable goals, something you can reach in a few weeks time, and reward yourself with new workout gear when you reach them. And in case you’re wondering, yes extra dessert counts as a reward too 😉
  • Try going for a 10 minute jog right before you take a shower. It won’t waste much time but you’ll still feel great that you fit in a small workout on a busy day, and if it’s in the morning, it’ll keep you energized and on the move for the rest of the day.
  • Change your exercise routine. Sometimes we stop working out because we get bored of the same thing over and over. Play badminton instead of basketball, go swimming instead of running, and try new exercises in the gym. Mix it up and you’ll find yourself excited to go back and try new things!
  • Make plans to work out regularly with someone. It’s a lot harder to bail on someone else than it is to bail on yourself.

And when all of the above fail to get you back on track, take a day off and give yourself some downtime. Curl up with a cup of hot tea and a good book, or a bowl of popcorn and your favorite comedy show. Sometimes, all we need is to take a proper break before getting back in the game, and you sure as hell know that when you do come back, you’ll be stronger than ever 😉

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