Balancing your training, hobbies, and career doesn’t need to be complicated. Everyone is unique, with different goals, such as to look better, or to compete on the bodybuilding stage. Some are in active careers, whereas some work behind a desk, which will influence your nutritional requirements. You just need to balance your own personal factors to ensure that you can achieve your own desired goals.
Tips For Balancing Your Life & Fitness
Recovery. Recovery is an essential component to achieving balance. This needs to occur on both a physical as well as a neurological level. If possible, don’t do resistance training more than two days in a row to enhance your recovery. On a physiological level, nutrition and supplementation is very important. Tissue that is damaged by training needs to be fed to not only perform, but to enable repair and recovery.
Keep Training Sessions Brief. Ensure that your training sessions are not too long, as elevated cortisol can impede your recovery. Mix up your training including cardio inbetween weight training days. This will help keep you aerobically fit, as well as permit greater recovery between training for your muscle groups. Other split training regimes are also of benefit in this regard.
Keep Your Workload to Optimal Levels. This can be the volume, amount of repetitions performed during a workout, or the length of each repetition. Having excessive workload can actually work against muscle building. Train in a manner that is consistent with your goals.
Balance Your Career With Your Training. If you are desk bound at work, do stretches and resistance training as well as postural exercises to counteract the stresses of your work environment.
General Fitness. For general fitness, consider periodising your training regime, to include periods of high, moderate, and low volume periods, with adjustments to intensity over time. Calibrate this in accordance with specific career or competition goals. Regardless of which phase you are in, don’t neglect flexibility as part of your training.
Nutrition. Nutrition is key to your health and well being. Protein is necessary for your body’s structure, and carbs are a preferred source of energy. Those who tax their bodies with heavy exercise or laborious work need to ensure that their protein requirements are met to repair and rebuild muscle. Those involved in large amounts of activity at work or training should also make sure that their carbohydrate intake is adequate to satisfy their needs.
Supplementation. Supplementation such as glutamine and anti-oxidants can improve recovery potential and allow for more greater training intensity or volume. Creatine can increase muscle mass. ZMA can assist with strength gains, as well as improved sleep. Multi-vitamins make up for vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the diet, and protein powders can be a convenient way to maintain nitrogen balance, essential for muscle repair.
Listen to Your Body. Only you can learn and understand your unique body. Listen to it to ensure that you are overcoming symptoms such as fatigue and soreness. If you ignore these, you are not only discouraging necessary recovery, but you are putting balance in other sectors of your life at risk too. Ensure that your nutrition and supplementation meets the needs of your lifestyle and training. When you have all these aspects working in synergy, you will find renewed enjoyment and reward in all aspects of your life.