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    Working out/Weight gain

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    I am curious as to student experiences with weight gain (or weight loss if applicable) on the island due to time constraints and having little time to work out. How do you try to stay fit?

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    Eat like a pig while you study :P

    And once you find your niche with studying, you'll find you DO have time to work out. 30-60 mins to run or lift weights or any other exercise is perfectly reasonable. I mean, unless you're a bodybuilder and doing something like 2+ hours powerlifting and chugging 4,000 calories of grub, 30-60 mins of exercise is reasonable to stay healthy, lose weight, or even gain weight. There's a gym on campus, so you can always study at school, take a break to work out by running or lifting some barbells, and get back to it during a block week with a balance, or get freeweights at home or run in the daytime. I mainly worked out at home but went to the gym when it got boring, since all I wanted to do was be healthy, and picked it up during the last few semesters on the island...before I had time, I was just more lazy D:
    You can also play sports with others, thats a good way to maintain fitness too.

    Weight gain, I'll pass on that, since I'm the type of guy who barely gains a pound when eating a lot.
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    I found out that scheduling your day is helpful for studying and makes it easy to make things predictable. Once you find your niche on how you study best and make the grades you need, then its down hill.

    Thats the hardest part of basic sciences. Find your efficent study method that lets you remember all the material you must learn and be able to do well on your exams. Then repeat.. and repeat and repeat until you graduate off the rock.

    Each class will be a little different, but your basic study habit should be the same. Thats whats important and will help you retain all the material and still remember and apply it on exams.

    If you get your schedule down and incorporate a work out time into it also. Then working out will be part of your daily habits like studying.

    I was in better shape then in basic sciences than in residency due to the repeated cycles of studying daily that didn't change. Unlike residency which changes every 12 hours it seems.
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    You can easily fit time in for working out/going to the gym. If you can't, then you are just making excuses why you cant. it gets a little tight during block week for some, but really who cant spare an hour to hit the gym to clear you mind.

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    I lost weight

    I'm a guy and my first month at AUC I lost somewhere between 5-10 lbs. Food isn't nearly as accessible and also quite expensive. I still haven't have any fast food yet hear on the island.

    The rigorous schedule just didn't leave as much time for eating and working out like I did at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YouAreMopped View Post
    I'm a guy and my first month at AUC I lost somewhere between 5-10 lbs. Food isn't nearly as accessible and also quite expensive. I still haven't have any fast food yet hear on the island.

    The rigorous schedule just didn't leave as much time for eating and working out like I did at home.
    Food isn't nearly as accessible? Because the restaurants in walking distance to campus, the two grocery stores within a 5 minute drive, and the countless other restaurants and grocery stores within a 20 minute drive aren't enough? You've got to be kidding me. And it's not that expensive either. If you haven't had fast food, that's probably a good thing. But, if you want it, there's certainly plenty of it. Burger King, McD's, and KFC are all in Simpson Bay, plus tons of other places.


    As others have said, there is plenty time to work out as often as you want, and it's a fantastic break from studying. If you don't manage to stay fit, it's your fault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slevit1MD View Post
    , the two grocery stores within a 5 minute drive, and the countless other restaurants and grocery stores within a 20 minute drive aren't enough? You've got to be kidding me. Burger King, McD's, and KFC are all in Simpson Bay, plus tons of other places.

    I guess you're assuming everyone has a car?? Well I don't, and I'm a first semester and neither does any of the people I've met in class so far. Also, i'm from NYC so yea... a 20 minute drive + no car = pretty inaccessible. I took the bus into Maho yesterday tho. Waited about 20-30 minutes for it to come but eventually got there.

    If you don't think things are that expensive here that's your opinion, but pretty much everyone else on here says prices are significantly higher than home. I read many posts saying things are roughly 1.5x the prices at home (except beer and a few other exceptions of course), and from what I've seen so far that might be a little exaggerated, but still a decent estimate.
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    You can rent a car for a weekend to stock up on groceries every 2-3 weeks, it's cheap to rent and you can go to Grand marche and get a lot more than just a few bags from a bus ride.

    As far as the price goes...it's expensive, but what else are you gonna do? Starve? It's a bit pricey, but that's the opportunity cost for the current moment that people are in on the island. After you're done, and back to the U.S., you can go back to places where prices are a bit lowered. Right now, the main thing is to get comfortable with having enough food to live comfortable enough to study, exercise, and basically live for the 20 month stay.
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    Actually, if you're from NYC, like I am, you'll find the groceries to cost about the same, with some things slightly more and some slightly less.

    Quote Originally Posted by LinkMoto View Post
    You can rent a car for a weekend to stock up on groceries every 2-3 weeks, it's cheap to rent and you can go to Grand marche and get a lot more than just a few bags from a bus ride.

    As far as the price goes...it's expensive, but what else are you gonna do? Starve? It's a bit pricey, but that's the opportunity cost for the current moment that people are in on the island. After you're done, and back to the U.S., you can go back to places where prices are a bit lowered. Right now, the main thing is to get comfortable with having enough food to live comfortable enough to study, exercise, and basically live for the 20 month stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LinkMoto View Post
    You can rent a car for a weekend to stock up on groceries every 2-3 weeks, it's cheap to rent and you can go to Grand marche and get a lot more than just a few bags from a bus ride.
    This.

    You can rent a car at Sapphire hotel for $30 for a day (are there cheaper places, anyone?) and drive to Cost-U-less and just go crazy, $300 worth of food in one trip. I have so much food at my place that I have to actually watch what I eat. There is no reason to be starving on the island.

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