Let’s face it – life is way too stressful these days.
Our workday is longer than it ever has been.
We work longer hours each day for less pay. And that causes stress at home because we’re two-income families.
We can no longer sit down around the dinner table and have a “normal” life like our grandparents did and just relax and enjoy what we worked so hard for in the first place – our families.
And our kids –
They are so involved in after-school activities (because that’s what colleges say they need to do to get accepted) we can barely catch our breath, let alone sit down together to a healthy, relaxed, home-cooked meal on a regular basis.
Instead, we run around at Mach 3 with our hair on fire shuttling kids back and forth to soccer practice, chorus rehearsal, and 17 other after-school events and do our best to grab a quick meal at the drive-thru that we’re 95% certain everyone will like.
And even worse…
Depending on your state or country’s COVID restrictions, you may be staying up late doing “lesson plans” sent by the teacher for “home school.”
And to top it all off, we bought our kettlebells because they looked like a simple alternative to get in shape and stay in shape at home instead of going to the gym.
But man –
It’s hard to find 45 minutes three times per week just to get our workouts in!
There is just so much demand on our time an our energy!
And the worst part of all is that many times we feel guilty taking time out for ourselves to work out and stay in shape – we feel like we’re stealing time that we should be spending with our family.
Does any of this sound vaguely familiar?
Don’t worry if it does.
It simply means that you, like most people find themselves in one of two camps –
Camp 1: You try to alleviate stress through your workouts.
But ultimately you end up working out too hard in order to alleviate your stress.
The bad part is that you’re still trying to achieve a certain physical goal – lose 10 pounds, press a heavier weight, hit a certain number of snatches in a certain time period – whatever.
But your energy and mind are divided.
On one hand, you feel you need a hard workout to burn off the stress of the day.
On the other hand you’re not seeing the results you want – you’re not achieving your goals of getting leaner or stronger or better conditioned body or to look better in the mirror –
And worse yet – you seem to keep getting those little nagging aches and pains even though you’re doing your best to follow the “program.”
Camp 2: You end up feeling like your workouts are an “all or nothing” proposition.
If you can’t get in the “prescribed” workouts you end up doing nothing because you don’t have the energy or the “know how” to modify the workout or design your own from scratch.
This leaves you even more tired and frustrated, sometimes going weeks without working out.
Whichever camp you’re in, I’ve found a simple solution that worked for me and will work for you too –