You always hear the notorious excuse “I don’t have time” when it comes to working out or leading a healthy lifestyle. The way I see it, you have 24 hours a day…six for sleeping and the rest of the time, you give away to family, work and all the technological wonders of the world. With so many options out there that cater to our visual or social stimulation, it’s difficult to not let those things dictate our life and how we spend what precious time we have. Now I’m not saying that I never watch television or sit down at my computer to indulge in a little here and there. Television, games and social media are all fine as a reward but, like me, you have to realize that if you want to make the changes you’re looking for; you need to Carpe diem and take back those hours you give away to those things and put them to better use. In a world where we all look for is convenience, you need to make caring for your health and physique convenient. Easier said than done, I know. It’s a lot of hard work.
But before I share a few tips that helped me find the time we all say we never have, I would like to just say this. Children want everything right then and now. Adults, on the other hand, tend to devise a plan and work towards a goal. It’s funny how often we forget to do this when we want to lose or gain weight. It’s so simple, yet so blasphemous when you tell someone that the “magic elixir” or “magic bullet” isn’t in a supplement or a workout plan that is X amount of weeks long. The truth of the matter is that it’s a change in your lifestyle that will yield the long term results you desire.
So…First things first, “punch the clock”. If you’re like me with a full time job and family, your only option is the early a.m. Just make sure you choose a time that’s best for you where you don’t feel rushed through your workout. You have to put your workout first, over going out to the bar or staying up late to catch your show. Make it a priority.
On the opposite side, you need to know when to rest, especially if you’re trying to gain. You gain muscle when you’re resting, not at the gym. You could spend hours in the gym, but if you don’t rest you will not see the kind of results you would if you if you would just give your body the time to recover.
Or if you’re trying to lose weight you need that rest even more so you can put in the longer training sessions needed to deplete the glycogen stores in your body. Once the glycogen is depleted, the fat burning stage will begin. This can take longer than 45 minutes, so make sure you have plenty of rest and fuel in the body for those longer sessions.
Next, set just one day aside to prep as much of your food for the week as you can. It’s amazing how much quality of life you can gain if a majority of your breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks are ready and waiting for you to eat! This helps in many ways because we are eliminating what I believe to be the number one tax of all…Stress. Think about all the time and worrying you would save if you aren’t rushing to get to McDonalds or dealing with the guilt of wondering “was that healthy?” With a static meal plan you gain the power to know what variable to change in your diet or work out plan.
Finally, have a game plan be it a workout log. A log is a wonderful tool to quantify and track your progress. Then, when you’re in the gym, you know what exercises you are going to do, your weight goals for the day and how much time you want to spend in the gym. This will keep you on task so you can envision your goal, and then crush it like the beast that you are.
Well there you have it, my secret to finding the time to be healthy. When I finally took a step back and really looked at how I was spending my time, then re-prioritized all those things, finding time for my workout was no longer work….it was second nature.
Give yourself time to be disciplined
Give yourself the time to eat well
Give yourself the time to rest well
Give yourself the time to train like a Beast
Most of all make time to reward yourself! Be it a drink with a friend or staying up late to watch your favorite show. You’ve earned it.
Don’t let time dictate you, you dictate time.