Two Great Tips
Let’s face it: staying healthy while working a full time job is difficult. It’s stressful to be constantly on-the-go! Yet nothing is more important than your health. So how do you manage it?
Every year that goes by, I become more of an expert at juggling my professional responsibilities with my fitness schedule. Of course, we’ve already covered quite a bit in the blog about how to stay on top of your training schedule, but I would like to highlight two instrumental components to doing so: (1) set an early alarm and (2) look forward to your workout.
If you want to get in your workout, you have to get up early. There’s just no way around it. Every day, I get to the office at 7:00am so I can get in an hour training session before the start of my day. And during the lunch hour, many times I’ll pop back into the gym (which happens to be in my office building, so it's incredibly convenient) for a 30-minute stretch or strengthening workout.
And that brings us to point (2). You have to look forward to your workout if you want to make progress in your fitness. It takes some time, as well as a bit of mental conditioning, to get to this point. But I can say with certainty that if you aren’t excited for your run, yoga session, spinning class, or tennis match, it’s almost impossible to reach your fitness goals.
When I first started pursuing a disciplined fitness routine, I can tell you that I did dread that early alarm. And I wasn’t particularly excited about pushing through a hard run. But as the weeks went by and I stuck to my schedule, I soon found myself getting pumped up for my workouts.
I guess that’s what it’s all about in the end: momentum. It takes some time to build this momentum, but once you have it you’ll notice that your workouts – as well as your mental capacity to push through those workouts – will become so much easier and enjoyable.