After being a student, business owner, and athlete all at the same time myself. It’s easy to see how school can interfere with one’s ability to take care of their health if there isn’t a plan set in place to ensure their is time to fit in training sessions and meals. One thing to remember is that your health is just as important as any job or school that you currently attend, and not making time to take care of your health can lead to a drop performance in both of these areas of your life. So how do you avoid falling off with your fitness?
1. Meal Prep: Prepping your meals for the week on the day that you have the most time will save you the trouble of having to figure out what you are going to eat throughout each day. If you are a person that tends to be on the go a lot. This is really useful in eliminating how often you have to eat out, and keeps you from having to resort to bad meal choices such as fast food.
2. Time Management: Take the time to sit down and organize all of your work, school, and personal priorities in a planner to the point that you understand your time frames for each. By doing this you can better account for all of your time and get an idea of how much time in each day you have to fit in a training session.
3. Be realistic: If you know that you have a packed schedule, but you are also aspiring to be an elite competitive athlete in any sport. Understand that its possible to do so, but you are going to have to be willing to sacrifice part of your social life in order to make your dream become a reality. Training can be similar to having a full time job and can require the same amount of attention and time invested.
4. Make your health a Priority: Too many times you hear people say that they are too busy to prep their meals or to train, but in reality it’s poor time management most of the time. A training session doesn’t have to consist of a whole hour or two hour session of working out. It can be as simple as a thirty minute walk, run, or lifting session. Anything to provide the body some stimulus and to keep your health from declining.
The next time you find yourself struggling to fit training and eating healthy in to your schedule. Just remember that your health requires the same amount of attention and organization that your work and schooling does to keep from declining. Flip the switch from training being a commodity to being a need, and figure out how to make time out of the short breaks that you may have throughout the day to fit in your meals and your workouts.