University ruined my fitness - time to fight back

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    Hi. Okay from someone who failed courses but made it anyway [and it wasn't even a hard degree just the wrong attitude - double major - Geography (some actual science) and History] you either studied too much but ineffectively or not enough... and ineffectively. you should exercise even just a little bit, and do cardio, it helps. And you definitely need to sleep... I can't give out any specific tips because I don't know what it is you need to study to but I could give it a try.
    Last edited by Amirsh; January 11th, 2019, 05:59 PM.

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      Originally posted by Jasko View Post


      Failed a test today, and I tried my best to study for it throughout the week, even sacrificing some sleep. Now I'm fatigued and have this terrible mix of being angry and sad. Oh, and absolutely zero willpower, so I'm giving up all exercise today.

      Objectively it's nothing too bad, I will write it again later and noone will make a problem out of it. My problem comes from all the frustration and mood swing that I have now, because of expectations I have of myself. I should have done better.

      Maybe it would be healthier to go and exercise now to vent my emotions and do something positive. But I'm just really tired and unmotivated right now.
      Vibes. Been there and it sucks. If you can, take a nap. Then go for a walk or some mild exercise.
      I don't know what the test was on or method (paper, multiple choice, something else), but I've found spaced repetition helps with retention and memorization of basic facts.
      PM me if you want to discuss in private.

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        Amirsh BravoLimaPoppa3 Thanks for your answers and tips. I had some sleep now, and I feel a bit more distanced from all of it.

        The issue is, I am aware my studying was terribly inefficient this week. I was incredibly out of focus, as well as just plain old tired (not enough sleep). I know from experience I am able to get in the rhythm and study really efficiently. However, recently I've been a disorganised mess, and I'm really not happy about it.

        The upcoming weeks will be easier, so I will be able to start doing a bit of studying everyday and build up some momentum and discipline.

        Another issue might be I'm taking up too much stuff, getting overwhelmed and end up losing motivation to just keep pushing. I have regular studying, working out, dieting, two science projects, trying to learn a new language, playing an instrument, an upcoming sailing trip... And a huuuuuge backlog of books and video games I want to get through and never find the time, hahahah...

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          Sometimes taking on a lot more things than you have to can actually help with your duties since they inspire you so, maybe it's a question of time management. I've learned that focusing on each task (lesson, workout, study session, etc.) and forgetting, for that moment, everything else is helpful. But you still have to make flash cards, notes, whatever (the point is you make them short but remindful) and go over them before you go to sleep - and then make sure you sleep

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            An organizational post today!

            I decided I have to make adjustments and postpone the programs I have started. I know, I know, the rule is "plan your work AND work your plan"... However, what I didn't think about earlier is how close the winter exam session is, and I that have to save up as much willpower as I can for studying.

            As I mentioned previously, running outside is a no-no with smog, snow and sub-zero temperatures. And driving to the gym to do half an hour runs kind of gets in the way... Or I will think it does, day after day for the upcoming two weeks, and end up not doing anything. Therefore I want to switch to something short and extremely easy to do in my room when taking breaks.

            Until the exam (thankfully there's only one this winter) I will just do some rather uninspired micro-workouts; burpees, push-ups, squats, basic stretching, short walks, etc. (BUT do them everyday) Also, I will refrain from interacting on The Hive, only post my totals for the day. This is just temporary, and I will catch up on what's been happening in check-in threads of other bees after i hopefully ace my exam!

            And for today:

            - 20 minute walk
            - 20 burpees
            - 10 sit-ups


            (See, I'm not just talking and changing things up constantly, I'm working the plan as well!)

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              Don't feel bad about rearranging again - you are in University, that takes a lot of time and planning, and flexibility... Have you considered indoors cardio workouts? they can be even more effective than running for your cardiovascular endurance.
              Last edited by Amirsh; January 16th, 2019, 05:26 AM. Reason: Rereading comments is important...

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                Originally posted by Amirsh View Post
                Don't feel about rearranging again - you are in University, that takes a lot of time and planning, and flexibility... Have you considered indoors cardio workouts? they can be even more effective than running for your cardiovascular endurance.
                What she said.
                Plus, you are continuing to do it - even under what I'd consider very trying conditions (weather, air quality).
                If you want something that will build up your cardio, have you considered the Everest Challenge?
                Anyway, good luck and look forward to seeing you after exams.

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                  - 30 push-ups
                  - 30 squats
                  ​​​​​​- 10 burpees

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                    Yesterday:

                    - 100 sit-ups

                    Today:

                    - 20 minute walk
                    - 30 push-ups

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                      19 I - Was warm enough and air quality was surprisingly good, so I did a 40 min run to clear my head

                      20 I - 15 min walk, 30 squats, 10 burpees

                      21 I - 30 push-ups, stretching

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                        Well, and I caught a cold, 2 days before an exam. This makes studying exhausting on it's own, so I will be taking a break from exercising.

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                          Take care. I hope your cold doesn't last long.

                          Good luck with your exam

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                            Colds are awful when they just wipe you out. Stay hydrated and rest well.

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                              Healing vibes buddy and good luck on your exams, you'll do great

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                                I hope everything is going well and you're healthy now.
                                I got caught up in the battle.

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