5 Tips for Training Hard with a Busy Study Schedule

This time next year, I will be in the middle of my Masters levels studies so it got me thinking; I already know quite a few friends who openly share the difficulties of training when you are studying so I figured I would start thinking about it now. If you are in the middle of earning your online degree then your life probably consists of a lot of studying and assignments. Earning your degree through Villanova University, for example, will set you up for a successful career, but in the process it’s important to keep a healthy school and personal life balance. If you’re the type who enjoys training at the gym there is no reason to put it on the backburner, as you can still work on your studies while training hard.

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To help you find that balance we’ve put together five tips that you can use to help you train hard and leave enough time for studying:

Create a Schedule

The very first tip that we can offer is to create a realistic schedule that you can stick with. Without a schedule it can feel like you are just bouncing from one thing to the next with no clear plan in place. You may want to lay out a full one-week schedule so you can get a better look at your available time. Include any appointments you may have that week, your class schedule, assignment due dates, and your work schedule if it applies.
Next, you can start to allot study time through the week, whether it is on a daily basis or less frequent. By now you should have a very clear picture of how your week will go, which then allows you to figure out when you can get to the gym to train. Be sure to write your gym time on the schedule, so that if anything else pops up you’ll be able to tell if it will conflict with training.

Always be Prepared

Another tip is to always be prepared to go to the gym at the last minute. You can do this by keeping your gym bag in the car, ready to go. Should something clear up in your schedule and you’ve suddenly got free time, you can head to the gym.

Join a Sports Team

It can be hard to get motivated when it comes to training at the gym, especially when you’ve got a busy schedule. You may find it easier if you join a sports team/league. Taking part in a sport with others can act as motivation to get you out there because you know they are depending on you.

Choose the Gym Based on Location

Another tip is to choose a gym based on its proximity to school. If your school happens to have a gym on campus that you can join, even better! By choosing a location close to the school you’ll make it easy to go from studying to training and vice versa.

Something Is Better Than Nothing

While it may be impossible to fit in as much training time as you like, keep in mind that something is always better than nothing. Any time you can spend training will benefit you physically and mentally, so even if you can only fit in a bit of time at the moment, it’s still worth it.

There’s No Need to Give Up Training

By using these tips you’ll discover that you can find that balance between school and training, and be healthier and happier in the process.

This post was written by Maggie Hammond; She is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.



  1. Chi-Chi
    December 11, 2016 / 19:48

    Very helpful tips; I have found that my exercise regime has suffered greatly as of late! December 2016 has been incredibly busy and I don't think i will be properly exercising until after Christmas. I am hoping to have something in place by the New Year.www.lifeofchi.co.uk

    • Elle Linton
      December 11, 2016 / 22:08

      I feel ya! When all these advents are coming out to encourage you to exercise everyday and I'm over here thinking… I do this all year round, I think I need a break! lol Here's to getting back to the grind in January 😉

  2. MissPond
    December 7, 2016 / 20:41

    Great tips! I've been struggling to sort out my schedule since starting my new job, which has a hectic commute. I need to plan and keep my kit close to the door so I can go running when I get in!

    • Elle Linton
      December 11, 2016 / 22:07

      Yes! I've been using my commute on the train recently to write notes and catch up on emails! Makes it seem like more of a productive time! Gives me up to an extra 2 hours or more per day!

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