We have all heard the saying ‘being healthy isn’t a choice it is a lifestyle’. Well whoever came up with this was 100% correct, but that doesn’t mean it has to be easy. I don’t know about you but I would love to have to work for only a few hours, maybe even from home, and have the majority of my day to run, go to the gym, and meal prep like a beast. For me, this is so not the case.
My typical day looks something like this:
Wake up between 7am-7:30am. Eat breakfast, digest, get in a workout all before 9:30am. Leave for work by 9:45am to get to Jersey City by 10:30am. Work until 7pm get home around 8pm.
Clearly my day is full. I sometimes hit the gym after work also but for the most part I’m shot after my day and all I want to do is relax.
Being healthy is not simple and it doesn’t happen over night. You have to plan your meals, figure out whether meal prepping is best for you or cooking day to day is easier. You also need to figure out when is the best time for you to workout. I love working out in the morning/early afternoon. It kick starts my day, I have the most energy and I feel ready to tackle anything afterwards. But for others maybe you have the same feelings about night workouts.
So how do you balance life and fitness? Time management and prioritizing. First things first is get a planner. I know this sounds silly but there is something about seeing things written on paper that helps you conquer your tasks. Try waking up the same time every day. This helps to set a rhythm your body can easily adapt to so you don’t feel sluggish during the day. Then take a look at what your typical day consists of. Maybe you work 9-5 or have class. Decide on at least 3 out of 5 days to work out (you can always increase the number of days you workout once you have a routine). Now, if you are a morning person (you like waking up early, it is easy for you to get out of bed and you perform your best in the early part of the day) try working out then. Or if you have your most energy at night workout at night. Try to block off at least 2 hours (including travel time-maybe your gym or favorite park takes a few minutes to get to) for your workout. Try even planning out what days you are going to do what at the gym. This why when you arrive you don’t have to think about what you are going to do, you already know and have a plan! Also decide on whether or not you want to meal prep your food. For me, I like to meal prep on Sundays for the food I bring to work. I typically pack myself a yogurt, an apple, oatmeal and two larger meals. I make breakfast for myself every morning. Or do you want to cook and prep the day of for your food. Regardless of what you choose, it is also smart to write down what you are going to eat for the day/week so you know what to grab out of the fridge when your packing up for your day.
Now, here is the kicker. It is okay to miss days in the gym or eat a little unhealthy once in a while. Lets be real. Sometimes you are just tried, or had a stressful day. Or maybe you are celebrating a co-workers birthday in the office and someone brought in cupcakes. This is all okay. Treat yourself, relax when you need to. One or a few days missed working out is not going to change the way you look or make you lose what you have gained (I will have a separate post on how long it takes you to lose muscle/endurance). The trick is to not stress over missed workouts or straying from your meal plan every once in a while. That is life. Nothing is perfect and even though we have our days planned things can happen. You have to learn to be flexible and realize not everything is going to go exactly the way you want it. Maybe you wake up a little late and can’t get in the cardio portion of your workout. I myself am even still trying to realize sometimes you cannot do everything you planned. That is how to balance life and fitness.
Newhealthieryou also has an Instagram now! Go check it out and see what I am up to with eating and working out!