People that train and incorporate healthy habits in their life style, simply experience a different life experience than those who choose not too. There truly is nothing like a good work out! The Endorphin rushes, the sweat that you desperately need to break. The mental push that you need. The movement your body was lacking. Desire to improve and master an exercise. The rewarding feeling you are providing for yourself by changing the structure of your body!
Find that healthy balance. Not to much not too little physically. Not to easy on yourself and not to hard on yourself mentally.
Obviously training and living a healthy life style is so important. However alike from everything else in life, sometimes, we add unneeded pressure too our lives from our training. Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure with our absurd goal setting tactics. I often see people who mistake the thought that if you don’t spend more hours and frequency training than you will not make improvements and failure! When most of the time the better shape you get into, the more its time to increase the intensity and decrease the duration. I see People using training as a punishment tool rather than a tool for self improvement. As a man who believes in the power of simplicity, here’s realistically the big picture of the way our exercise lives should look.
Weight Training 2/3x a week 45 to 60 mins
Conditioning/Cardio 2/3x a week 10 to 30 mins
High Activity Level (lots of movement) daily
Walking 30 minutes a day or more
If you stuck to this basic structure you the reality is you would stay in great shape and be healthy. Before you go saying well, I train for this, and I need to do this in order to get into shape for that…..
I understand all of that. Sometimes there is a time and need to push a little more, a little more often and focus in a little harder. I also understand how in order to accomplish goals you must train exactly toward them. I also understand that every person is different and that there are plenty of methods, programs, splits, styles and methodologies out there that work!
However, refusing to recognize you are obsessed with training could be one of the worst unhealthy habits you could develop. Stress is one of the main killers of humans! Stress comes from many forms! Stress comes acutely and in the form of volume. An example of acute stress could be your wedding day tomorrow and the anxiety that goes with that. Volume stress could be the things adding up in your life. A financial struggle the past few months, sick family member for the past few months who is not doing better etc. Exercise/training is one of the best if not the best way to decrease and manage stress. However when you abuse training mentally and physically you miss the purpose of how you should be utilizing the life style! Now you will be adding some serious stress to your life.
If you are training for hours on end you will stress yourself by running yourself into the ground. If you are not allowing your body to rest you are obsessed and stressing yourself. If you are currently just lost some serious weight, but still are upset that you don’t look like your favorite Hollywood actor who just took pictures using certain lighting, oils, and photo cropping to help the way they appear in the photo, then you are obsessed and going to stress yourself. If you want to eat salad at the super bowl party, good for you and that’s great. However if you are eating salad at the super bowl party because you don’t want to look fat in your super bowl party facebook pictures you are going to take in 15 minutes than you are obsessed stressing yourself out and not that’s not healthy. If you are doing more reps because you want your hands to bleed rather than doing more reps to try to get yourself better sorry you are obsessed. If you have knee pain that has been killing you, and you continue to run 10 miles a day and “really don’t think its from the running” than you are obsessed. Injuries aren’t cool from your “hard core training” you need to learn how to perform the movement adequately and properly progress it next time.
Training should help you to live longer, prevent disease, decrease injury potential, and help you too look and feel better! Training should be first before all else on your to do list as it makes the rest of what you have to do that day better, easier, and more than likely will help to accomplish the task more efficiently! However abusing the privilege will do just the opposite! Plain and simple!
All that said train your butt off daily! However do it for the correct reasons! Both from mental and physical stand points! Do it to improve on every level, stop obsessing and enjoy the benefits! Good luck!