Balancing Work-life With Health and Fitness


Anyone serious about getting fit has at some point faced issues with balancing work-life with health and fitness. When work and life get in the way of working out, it is important to know how to adjust so that your health and fitness does not suffer.

The best practice (though not always possible) for any person looking to get in or stay in shape is to have a set number of days each week with a specific time in which to train. This idea may seem commonsensical, but some people miss it. For example, if you are a 9-5er, then working out before work at 6:00 a.m. daily may be ideal for you. If you have a set number of days with a specific time to which you can adhere to working out, do it.

Not everyone can set specific days and times, or at least not the same days and times, each week. For these people, flexibility in scheduling is key. For example, if your schedule varies from week to week, but you know your schedule weeks in advance, then schedule your exercise sessions as soon as you find out your schedule. Scheduling this way might mean you workout on alternating days each week, or even at different times, but at least you still complete the workouts.

These examples clearly are not all-inclusive of how to address scheduling workouts, but this gives you an idea. Each person's situation is unique, and you will need to look at your situation in an honest and objective way to determine what works best for you.

So far, we approached balancing working out with a work schedule, offering a few general ideas for how to approach the issue. Now we want to talk briefly about balancing life with working out. It is common for people to face schedule conflicts when workout time occurs, but there are ways to work around this. Now before we go on, we want to say that you will miss workouts-it happens. The idea is not that you never miss workouts, but instead that you attend as many as you can.

There will be times when you legitimately cannot make it to a workout: the kids are sick, overtime is mandatory at work, you're sick, the car breaks down, etc. For this reason, it is important to attend the workouts you can, meaning even if you do not feel like going, but have no good reason to not go, get your butt to the gym or other location you work out. If you push yourself to go to workouts when you just "don't feel like it", you won't feel as bad when you miss a workout for legitimate reasons.

At the same time, having a good support group around you, and using proper scheduling, can help lead to fewer missed workouts. For example, if your mom watches the kid(s) while you are at work, and does not mind keeping him or her for an extra hour, get the workout in before you pick the kid up. Now the workout is out of the way and you can focus on spending time with the family while taking comfort in knowing you completed your workout for the day.

These are just a few quick thoughts on how to balance life with working out so that you can stay fit and healthy. If you need helping balancing it all out, whether you are a current client or not, feel free to reach out to us at nathandemetz.com.

One of the biggest areas in which people fail concerning health and fitness is nutrition. This failure can be the result of many different factors. Regardless of the reason, if a person does not have his or her nutrition on-point, then health and fitness will suffer. While exercise can to some degree counter a poor nutritional strategy, you cannot outwork a poor diet completely.

You must reconcile the idea that exercise and nutrition work best when used hand-in-hand. To that end, we want to address a common issue that individuals face when it comes to nutrition: time. Many people state that they do not have the time to prepare a nutritious meal and, for this reason, it is easier to grab something quick, such as a microwave meal or fast food. While we understand time can be an issue, we also know there are ways around this.

In one of our newsletters, "The Benefits of Pressure Cookers and Slow Cookers," we covered easy and time efficient meal prep using pressure cookers and food processors/choppers. We invite you to take a look at this newsletter for a few ideas on how to integrate these kitchen items into your home for easier preparation of nutritious meals.

Switching gears slightly, even if you are pressed for time and feel you need something quick and easy to make, but do not feel like cooking, there are ways to make better choices. For example, though we prefer people not to use them, Lean Cuisine meals can be a good option. Vegan options such as Morningstar, Boca, and Quorn can be as well. These are better choices than grabbing the Pizza Pocket or Hungry Man meals in most instances.

Whenever possible, it is best to cook a homemade meal consisting of whole grains, lean meats, and fresh fruits or vegetables. However, when this proves difficult, there are healthier "quick" options that you can select. The options noted here are few, and there are many more from which you can choose, you just have to take the time to find what works for you. The best practice still remains to find time to cook a healthy meal consisting of whole grains, lean meats, and fresh fruits or vegetables.

In a busy life where things can happen, such as a cold, sick kid, or unexpected car problem, the likelihood of you missing a workout is high. We noted there will be times when you legitimately cannot make it to a workout. For this reason, it is important to attend the workouts you can, meaning even if you do not feel like going, but have no real reason not to go, get your butt to the gym or other location you work out. If you push yourself to go to workouts when you just "don't feel like it," you won't feel as bad when you miss a workout for legitimate reasons.

If you do miss a workout for a valid reason, don't stress it. Beating yourself up mentally for missing a workout due to an unforeseen occurrence you could not avoid is a waste of time and energy. In the end, doing this only distracts you from what you need to focus on and drains you mentally. At the same time, do not try to "make up" the workout up on a different day. This action throws off the rhythm of the program. Instead, accept you missed the day and just be ready to go when the next workout comes up.

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