“The Fitness Life” Making Time For Your Fitness Routine!
After years of being a personal trainer I still hear this awful statement, “I don’t have time.” My response has always been emphatically, “Make Time.” Make time for yourself, make time for your workouts, make time to eat healthy and most importantly make time for fitness. You cannot get time back. Let’s use myself as an example.
See I wake up, eat, train clients, eat, workout, eat, train clients, eat, eat again, and go to bed. This would be the average day in the life of a personal trainer/fitness model, but more or less, myself. Now let me reverse this and ask you, what does your day consist of? Do what we as Americans consider a hectic schedule prevent you from eating 5-6 small meals a day? Is a busy schedule the reason you are not reaching your fitness goals? Sadly enough, many if not most of us tend to put anything and everything first and this is where the uphill struggle begins when it comes to reaching our fitness goals, but more or less eating healthy and finding that balance that is needed.
I am sure many of you have heard that it is best to eat 5-6 small meals a day. And every time you hear someone preach about this you once again find yourself asking, “How the heck am I going to fit that many meals in when I can barely fit in 2-3 a day?” Or, “With my crazy school/work schedule there is no time for me to be eating that much.” The reality of it there is always time, YOU just have to make time. So why is this important to me? Your metabolism- humans were designed to be grazers whereas eating periodically throughout the day instead of eating 2-3 larger meals.
Therefore you metabolism responds to constant meal frequency and increases its activity. Also increased meal frequency keeps your blood sugar levels more constant, versus up and down. This will allow your body to not have an increased insulin response which can lead to increased body fat.
So How Do I Do It?
Before we do anything we have to know what we are trying to do. A workout/nutrition program without an end goal in mind is as useless as driving from Bangor, Maine to San Diego, California without a map or GPS.
You either prepare to fail or you prepare to succeed, period. If you want benefit from your diet you must prepare your meals ahead of time. Cook your food every Sunday and Wednesday and make sure you have a cooler to tote it around in. This is crucial when trying to eat multiple times a day and have food readily available. Think about what foods you need, how much of it you need and cook that amount and put it in your refrigerator or cooler for easy access. In the long run it can save you time and get you where you want to be. Remember abs are made at the kitchen table, nowhere else.
If you are struggling to get the proper number of meals in each day, you may need to supplement to get the needed nutrients. A whey isolate protein is a great substitute if you need to eat quickly.
The moral to my story is this, “if it’s important to you, you’ll do it.” If it’s not important you won’t. I make the details of my life a concentration so I can master them and always be on top of my game. Whether being a personal trainer, an aspiring big time fitness model or competitor I want to be the best. Preparation allows me to be my best. I live the fitness lifestyle because the fitness lifestyle is me and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As I always say, “Love your body.”
AUNDREA D. ANNIN, NASM-CPT