Last week I restarted Phase 2 of the LiveFit Trainer.
I had been doing really good…for the most part. I had only missed a couple workouts, was feeling really strong, and seeing body composition changes (though no weight changes). Then I reached Phase 3.
I was not prepared for Phase 3. You might be asking why I wasn’t prepared if I had been doing most of the workouts and feeling strong? It’s because I’m pretty sure I only did two days of cardio the entire 4 weeks of phase 2. Big mistake.
I figured I could get away with skipping the boring, monotonous, terribleness that is 30 mins on a bike or elliptical or treadmill, and then just do the HIIT cardio in phase 3. Take it from me. DON’T SKIP IT.
I had (incorrectly) presumed that the 30 mins of cardio was to help you get ready for the HIIT. It’s not. It’s to help you get through the insane workouts in phase 3. You need that stamina in order to complete the large amount of reps and active rests. I managed to do two or three days of phase 3 feeling like I was dying (not in a good way) before my partner informed me that I would really benefit from going back and doing the cardio.
So now I’m in week 2 of phase 2 (Day 36) again and so far I haven’t missed a cardio day. If it wasn’t so hot I’d get out and run, but so far it’s been easier to just hop on a machine immediately after my lift.
Welcome to the blog!
I have five finals this week. So of course, I decided that this was the best week to start my blog. It actually makes a little sense. Writing can definitely help you get out of your head, be a distraction, and also get some brain juices flowing.
I’m most stressed about my final tonight, for digital signal processing. After that, my other finals should be easy. (Well, easier)
The nice thing is that all my projects and presentations are already over with. I couldn’t imagine facing down finals this week with projects and papers due.
How I prepare for Finals
- Get lots of sleep
- This is very important, but I don’t think people really understand how much lack of sleep can affect test performance
- Eat good food
- This was a lot easier when I was still living at home and my parents were cooking. Now that I’m on my own for finals, I have to actively think about cooking and preparing, and it’s important not to get lazy about food around finals. Eating junk food is one of the biggest things that affect how my body feels.
- Don’t procrastinate
- I was blessed with being a good test taker, and this means that I usually procrastinate. However, now that I’m a senior, I have wizened up! Most of my classes allow 1 page of notes, so I take a lot of time to put that together and that usually counts as my study time.
- Don’t stay up late
- Instead, get up early! If it’s the night before and I still don’t feel prepared, instead of staying up and cramming until the wee hours, I will get up crazy early the day before instead. When I get up early, usually 3-4 hours before the exam (we’re talking like 4 or 5 AM crazy early), I will feel much more awake before my exam, retain more of my studied information, and typically do better.
- Exercise is one of the best ways to de-stress. I haven’t had much time to run lately, but I actually schedule it in during finals week. It’s a fantastic study break, gets blood flowing, and allows time for me to take a step back, process thoughts, and get some fresh air.