How To Balance Your Training And Lifestyle

How many times have you tried to come up with excuses for not working out? Lack of time is the typical excuse I hear for not exercising – whether it’s a valid excuse or not, finding the time to exercise is challenging especially for time-consuming heavy workouts.

Finding that healthy balance between a consistent training program and a happy lifestyle is key for long term results.


Set Goals and Take Action

If you know that your daily schedule is overcrowded due to your workouts, then something needs to change. You shouldn’t give up on your social life as doing so will deter you from using the excuse of ‘not having time’ down the track.

A simple way to combat this is to boost the intensity of your workouts by creating circuits, using supersets, and focusing on compound movements instead of isolations. Add a HIIT finisher and you have the perfect recipe for time-effective workouts. This way, you won’t need to train as much if you have a busy week coming up.


Implement Good Habits in Your Lifestyle

Motivation gets you started, habit keeps you going – if you don’t implement these good habits early, you will more than likely fall when your motivation drops. If you reduce the time you spend in the gym, you should aim at introducing good habits that compensate you for your hard work – this will help you to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle, without jeopardizing your fitness goals.

Planning is key! Try to pre-plan and pack your meals for each day at work as this will help you to stick to your healthy meal plan. It will also stop you from having to skip meals, which often leads to binge-eating.

Getting enough sleep and drinking enough water is just as important as planning. Also, don’t forget to let your hair down every once in a while, just remember the importance of balance and doing things in moderation.


Live Your Life

OK, let’s imagine the following scenario: you have been following your meal plan strictly, but you have to take a client out for a business lunch. Youare entitled to make compromises now and then. This will help you attain a happy balance in your life. You know the macros you are after, so look for something healthy on the menu and accommodate it into your daily intake and if it goes over, simply reduce one of your snacks or other meals – the key to success is compromise when it’s needed.

Just remember, balance is everything and self-control is the key. Use your time efficiently and don’t neglect any area of your lifestyle.

Training is genuinely rewarding and it brings out a different side of you: it makes you realize how powerful you are, and that if you put your mind to something, you can do it. Whether you have a long-term or short-term training goal, make sure you’re documenting your progress, but focus on photos instead of the scales!


Remember: your mind is as powerful as you allow it to be. Fill it with positivity and everything will change.