4 keys to staying mentally and physically fit
As busy professionals we are left with limited time for ourselves to train due to work and family obligations. We all want to be healthy and lose weight or stay at the top of our game but getting to the gym, dojo or even spending time to reflect just never seems to fit into our daily routine. The typical American way of living is to wake up, drink coffee and work until exhaustion. We tend to mentally stress our bodies from countless hours of sitting in front of the computer or at a desk reading and writing and not enough time exercising, training and eating right. As Martial Athletes, it is vital that we never stop moving mentally or physically and that we fuel our body with the correct nutrients. After working with numerous personal training clients, athletes and martial artist I've found that one of the leading factors holding people back from exercise and training is TIME. Fortunately, you don’t have to let time hold you back from living the martial way. Stop creating more stress on your body by worrying so much about not having no time to train and use the time that you do have to get in something. A little progress is better than none and as martial artist we should know that a black belt or mastery in any path does not come all at once. Start by making a small commitment to changing up your daily routine with some of the methods I use.
My trick to staying mentally and physically fit with a busy schedule is cutting my training time down. Instead of trying to push out hours of work in the dojo or gym I workout half that time , but in that time I give maximum effort in whatever I’m working on improving. Max effort and how you use the little time that you do have is very important. Some days I can only get in 15 minutes and others I can knock out 30-45 but remember the time you spend really doesn’t matter, it all depends on how you spend your time. I have also developed a routine of proper daily hydration (at least 2 liters of water a day, and a mixture of meditations, stretches and daily reminders of my goals. A lot of this may sound like it is still way too much to fit in your schedule and if that is you then start small, maybe workout 10 minutes, drink 1 more cup of water daily and just stop and breath for 1 minute a day and you will eventually develop the Marital Routine.
4 Daily Steps To Stay Mentally & Physically Fit
1) Drink 8-16 ounces of water first thing in the morning. I leave a glass of water next to my bed so I don’t forget. (Suggested Alkaline water)
2) Meditate or close your eyes and reflect for 5-10 minutes. This helps you pre-frame your day in the morning or relax your mind before bed.
3) 15-45 minute average physical activity. Depending on the workload of the week or day I either perform a high intensity interval training or various cardio and functional training movements.
4) Stretch for 5-10 minutes after your workout, mid-day or before bed. I highly suggest stretching and performing mobility training as much as you can.
By: Chad Cannon