If someone tells you ‘I want to get fit, man, but I really don’t have the time’, then understand two things – First of all, fitness isn’t really their priority and secondly, they aren’t actually willing to make time.
Incorporating fitness into your lifestyle isn’t about obsessing for a month. Then, training two hours every day. Until one day it gets too much and you finally quit. It’s about finding a SUSTAINABLE ARRANGEMENT that you can adhere to comfortably, and therefore sustain over a period of time.
I’m going to go with my own example. I work on a 9-5 shift. I can go in a little late but for most days the 5 gets stretched to 7-7:30 pm. I’m not really a morning person, so finding my fix meant that I had to incorporate training into the latter half of my day.
Now an unrealistic way would’ve been to pack my gym bag in the morning. And take it to work, train right after until one day I won’t really enjoy training anymore. Instead, I get home and have a tiny pre-workout meal along with either black coffee or a pre-workout supplement. I then hit the gym about 45 minutes after.
Why does this matter? It’s because my current lifestyle is sustainable for me. And, the efforts are in line with the goal I want to achieve. Your goals might be different to mine. Someone may just want to lean out for the summer or get fit enough to play a sport again, or just put on some muscle.
I have a friend who wants to gain muscle, but not give up on his social life or compromise at work either. What does he do? He’s taken to powerlifting. Training 4 times a week, for about 45 intense minutes. He is also alternating training days with rest – making it fit his schedule perfectly.
The Three Vital Questions
The point I’m trying to make with these examples is that you can sustain a lifestyle with the perfect balance for YOU once you identify –
- What exactly you want to achieve?
- How high are you willing to prioritize that goal in a list that includes friends, family, work etc.?
- And how much time are you willing to put in every week?
Once you have the answers to these 3 questions, you can find a suitable approach to start your journey. And then weak it depending on how your body responds.
Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram for any queries/doubts about incorporating fitness into your life. Good luck!