Life is not a reason to not take care of yourself. You only get to do this life once, and in my opinion it’s important to see where your limitations are. If you have children, lead by example and show them they can do it too, and not to settle for excuses. Having said that there are times for breaks or where other things in life take priority.
Spouses, kids, school, work… These are all the things we use to make excuses for not exercising, or for eating bad. Anybody that gives me these excuses I am pretty much going to dimiss what they are saying right away. But is there a time to really have a valid excuse to not train? Kind of, I will explain.
I have 2 sons that play competitive baseball, and a daughter that plays competitive softball. As you can imagine, and I’m sure some of you are in the same boat, this takes up a lot of time. Practice, games, travelling, etc. We are usually up early and in bed late during this time of the year. I won’t lie, sometimes 4:30am workouts don’t happen during this time of year simply because rest is an important part of health too.
So what do I do to keep my training up and to not fall off. Well, if I am able to get to bed early, I am definitely getting up early to workout, if not I am going to use up my lunch hour to do something, or the 20 minutes in between when I get home and the next practice or game. A normal rest day may turn into another training day. My training is definitely fragmented during this time of year, 30 minutes here, 40 minutes there, but I try to plan it out in advance. I may be able to sneak in 90 minutes worth of training one day, then the next day only 30 minutes. Instead of a rest day, I will hit another training session, whatever I have to do to get it in.
Making a plan is so important, this can also be a good time of year for me to change up my training, focus on strength, or cardio, maybe it’s time to take a couple weeks off (which I do about once a year) to allow a few nagging injuries to get better. Whatever it is, a good plan and zero excuses going into these busy times of the year are what will get you through them without making you feel that you can’t do it. There is always time, you just have to make time.
If you really want to be serious about this don’t allow excuses for any reason. I will admit at times as I am changing into my gym clothes after work, and all the kids have practice, and our evening is full of events. I will try to talk myself out of it, “I don’t have time,” “I worked out hard yesterday,” “it won’t hurt to miss one day.” These are all lies and you have to push these aside in order to conquer your own mind. We all will fall short sometimes, so try to fix it and learn from it every time you do. The most important thing is to keep moving forward, make it up, don’t fall into a rut, you have time, make the time.
Train hard, make less excuses