Finding Time And Motivation To Exercise In College

Usually, watching the Rocky IV training montage is enough to motivate me to get my butt to the gym.

Sometimes, though, it’s not – and if you’re reading this, I’d imagine you’re not exercising quite as much as you’d like either. So let’s fix that.

Elliot Hulse, one of my favorite YouTubers, once said:

“The most important part of the game is your game piece!”

…and I like that quote so much that I put it in my book. College (and life in general) really does feel like a game sometimes – and your body/brain is the hardware you’ve got to play with in that game.

In college, though, it’s so easy to make excuses for not exercising enough:

  1. “I’m young, so my body will take care of itself for now.”
  2. “I’m really, really busy – work and studying are just more important than exercising right now.”

Neither of these is valid – you may be young, but the habits you form now are likely to set the course for what you do in the future. Additionally, ignoring your health will only make you less efficient in other areas – so skipping out on it in order to get work done is actually counterproductive.

In this week’s video, we’ll tackle some strategies for squashing those excuses by looking at two huge constraints on your exercise habits – time and motivation.

If you’re unable to see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.

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Let me level with you here: staying in shape is important overall, but the main reason I occasionally talk about it on this site is because it’ll help you become a more effective student.

With your health foundation in check, maybe you’re wondering what else you can do to further that goal – and I wrote a 100+ page book called 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) that will help you find out. Oh, and it’s free.

The book covers topics like:

  • Defeating procrastination
  • Getting more out of your classes
  • Taking great notes
  • Reading your textbooks more efficiently

…and several more. It also has a lot of recommendations for tools and other resources that can make your studying easier.

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Video Notes

How to gain time and motivation to exercise in college

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And now, friend, it’s time to hit the gym. Seriously, why are you still on your computer? Go do it!

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Kyle Hoffman

I found this video on your YouTube channel and my favorite tip is getting an accountability partner. This tip spans every aspect of your life where you may have a goal to reach. Truly powerful. Great video Thomas!


Just wanted to share a great site called They also started small and now have hundreds of exercises in a poster format, also mealplans, daily/monthly challenges and awesome fitness programs (for example age of pandora is a post-apocalyptic fitness quest). They also have 2 apps with fitness workouts that can be downloaded from their site. I stumled upon them a few years ago and watched them grow. Love them, or her (it was first called Neila Rey)!!!


Found this blog through your videos. Great post! I’ve done the 7-minute workout sporadically but am interested in implementing it more regularly. But what I haven’t found is any reviews about whether anyone has done this workout consistently and yielded results. Have you been doing this workout for a while and what’s been your experience with it as a tool for staying in shape? Thanks!

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