What I mean by that is, really, don’t waste your time! If you’re going to spend your precious time and your hard-earned money, then make it count! I see people all the time in the gym or working with their trainers just going through the motions. If you are going to spend the time make it count! The one thing I have learned is that, time is precious. Life goes by so fast and you really need to hold on to each minute. A combination of exercise and good nutrition will help you live a longer, more healthy, active life, so you will get to enjoy more of those precious moments.
Here are some things I do to not waste my time when I workout:
Get help – My old workout routine was the same every week, year in and year out and I was getting minimal results at best. I started taking workout classes at a fitness studio and my workouts became very efficient and effective. Working in a small class environment or with a trainer will allow you to spend less time working out. If you’re just a regular person like me that has a family and a job, you may not have the time it takes to come up with new and meaningful workout routines every single week. So, for me, classes are the perfect solution.
Get your motivation – You’re in the gym, you’re working out, you are there and you are not getting that time back (remember time is precious) so use it – focus! Don’t talk to your trainer or neighbor. Don’t look around at what other people are doing; do that stuff after if you want. If you are not 100% focused on your workout, you are not going to get 100% of the results you want. If you can talk as you exercise, it means you are not pushing yourself. If you want to talk, hire a shrink not a personal trainer. Your trainer won’t be upset if you are working so hard you can’t talk with them. They will forgive you; I promise! For me, I look at every workout as if it was my Olympic games, World Series, Super Bowl or whatever championship game of the sport you follow. Give it 100% effort every time and I promise you will be happy with your results.
Eat – Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand; you really cannot have one without the other. So many times I hear people say, I workout so I can eat what I want. Well, I have not met too many people where that works out for them. That strategy is an uphill battle that you will eventually lose over time (kinda like the slots in Vegas). Proper nutrition will allow you to get the full benefits of your workout (so your not wasting your time) and you will see those results much faster.
Proper nutrition is important both before and after workouts and even during workouts (if you are working out at a certain level). Before your workout, you will want to make sure your body has the fuel it needs to get you through the workout, so you can really push yourself. When I know I have a tough workout class coming up in the evening, I plan my food all day long so that I know my body will be ready for the class. After a really hard class, if you worked hard and broke down some muscle, your body will be looking for some fuel to recover from your workout. Having some protein would be a good idea directly following a good workout to help you recover.
If you think you need to make a change, you probably do and I can guarantee you this. It will NOT get easier the older you get. If you want to live into your old age in a healthy way, you will have to make a change at some point. Whether you change today, tomorrow or 5, 10, 15 years from now, one day it will come. I personally think it is a lot more fun and easier to do on your own terms vs. having your doctor insist on it. Plus, you get to enjoy all the benefits of feeling your absolute best right now!
I can promise you this! When you get into the best shape of your life, you enjoy each day more, you have more energy, people look at you differently, your relationships improve, your outlook on life totally changes, and you won’t have to worry about your health in your old age. So, if you are serious, get a good workout routine (take classes, get a trainer, or whatever), give each and every workout 100% effort, and give your body the right type and amount of fuel it needs. That is how you will transform your body into the body you never dreamed you could have!