How To Maintain An Active Lifestyle In A Hectic World
Posted on 23 May, 2016
If you're not a professional athlete who has the luxury of training as your full-time job, it is a tough battle trying to squeeze in a proper fitness program on top of work, family and other personal obligations and responsibilities. So how do we make all of the pieces of our lives fit together without sacrificing or ignoring one part over another? It’s tricky, but most definitely doable. All it takes is some careful planning and prioritization.
1. Plan ahead and write it down.
Print out your training schedule and pin it to your fridge. If you plan your training several weeks in advance, it allows you to work around other commitments in your life. Plus, if those workouts are staring you in the face you are far less likely to skip them.
2. Have a goal.
Having a goal keeps you energized and focused. It also prevents you from hitting a plateau in your training. As you head into each new year, identify a new goal for yourself.
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3. Keep it fun.
The moment that training and working out becomes a chore, you will lose interest and begin making excuses to not lace up your shoes or hit the gym. It has always been my philosophy that training and working out should be fun, so make sure you choose a sport or an activity that puts a smile on your face.
4. It’s about quality, not quantity.
If you have a limited amount of time to devote to training each week, you should make each of your workouts count. Hammer out your track sessions to build power. Focus on technique in the pool to ensure a more efficient stroke. Worry less about what the clock says, and focus more on the overall goal.
5. Listen to your body.
Rest days are critical for both physical and mental recovery. We all need a day when we can catch up on our sleep and simply relax, so don’t forget to include this time in your training calendar. Resting will keep your batteries charged and your stress levels in check.
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