I’ve gained 5-10 pounds since starting law school. And probably another 5 pounds of muscle has been replaced by fat. As a third-year law student, I am in the worst shape of my life. And I am not consoled by the fact that the finger I use to click a computer mouse is stronger than ever.
According to other law students who have blogs and those I see at school, I am not alone. It’s probably because I spend the entire day sitting and reading. Are you also suffering from law school weight gain disorder (yes, I made up this term)?
Why is it so hard to exercise? My excuses can be summarized by these:
- In the morning, I don’t have time before class.
- In the evening, I don’t have time, don’t have energy, and have to study.
- On the weekend, I need to catch up homework, non-school projects, and socializing.
Failing to exercise has three short-term problems:
- Decreased ability to deal with stress
- Increased desire to snack
- Weight gain
What can be done about this? My plan is to exercise at least 15 minutes a day. Of course, I could go longer, but starting is half the battle. If I get myself to begin, I will probably keep going.
Are you in the same position as me? If so, these reminders may help:
- Exercise will relieve stress of law school.
- Exercise will increase productivity by increasing our energy.
- We will look better and our clothes will fit.
- We will be less likely to get sick because exercise strengthens the immune system.
- We will live longer and feel better. Exercise is an investment in long-term health.
- We would probably waste 15 minutes on something less productive anyway, so we can afford to replace that time.