Life is stressful as it is with work, school, family, and trying to having a social life. Now we have to watch what we eat and exercise at least 150minutes per week?! That’s an awful lot of work. Or is it?
The way I see it, it is all a matter of priorities, simplicity, and practicality. One major misconception that I see amongst individuals is that they believe that to achieve their goals, they must workout for a hard 3hrs per day, must eat only chicken, broccoli, and rice or live on egg whites and spinach. If that’s what you’re into them go for it, but for 95% of the world, that’s not even close to practical. We all want to enjoy our favorite foods and want to take a day off from the gym sometimes. That’s why it’s all about balance and knowing yourself. If you hate going to the gym and hitting the weights but love hiking through trails, then ditch the weights and get a nice pair of trail shoes and go on some hikes. When it is something that you enjoy and can look forward to, then why not do that instead of dragging your feet and doing something you hate? When it’s something that interests you, it is a lot easier to do it and even make it a habit. So try different activities. Try hiking, give powerlifting a try, maybe you enjoy playing a few rounds of golf. Try different activities and see what sticks.
Alright so now you’ve found the activity you enjoy, but how do you fit it into your busy schedule? This is where you sort out your priorities as I mentioned earlier. What are your goals? What are some of the more important pieces of your life and what are other parts that are a little less of a priority?
This is going to be what helps you to budget your time and make decisions. If going out with friends and family and enjoying life is your main priority, then you might want to use your workouts to compliment that. Use it as an activity to do with friends/family or maybe just have it as something to do on the side. If you have a free night then go to the gym or go for that bike ride. If your health is an issue, then it is probably best to bump that up a few spots on the list and try to make extra time for that. Having this list, whether it is on paper, your electronic device, or even just in your mind, while help a lot more than you think. It can help to put things into perspective and allow you to make sure you check things off and doing your various activities.
So you have your priorities and activities you enjoy, but this still seems like a lot on your plate and is still a juggling act sometimes. All you’ve gotta do now is keep it simple. Some people benefit from writing out a plan that works according to their priorities, some people are more go with the flow and decide in the moment. The key regardless of which type of person you are is to keep things simple. Take it a little bit at a time. You need to remember that you’re living your life and you want to enjoy it. You don’t want to look back and not have any happy memories. If you’ve been working hard in the gym lately and your diet has been on point, maybe it won’t be such a bad idea to go to that new bar with your friends. Or maybe if your diet has been real shaky lately but you still want to go out, just make smarter choices with The food you pick.
I’m not going to lie to you, at times, it can still be stressful managing life, but if you can be proactive and just remember the three keys. Simplicity, practicality, and keeping your priorities in check, then there isn’t a doubt in my mind that you can’t handle it. So take your time, enjoy life, and make practical health choices. When you don’t stress yourself out and keep these three components in check, then the pieces will fall right into place.