Routines: The 1 Secret To Proper Training and Nutrition

by | Jan 30, 2019 | Essays, Fitness

Why Are Training and Nutrition Important?

Before discussing routines, let’s discuss why training, nutrition, and overall fitness are important.

Physical training is essential to a person’s physical and mental health.  Exercise burns calories, improves fitness, and enhances a person’s mental state.  Training releases chemicals in the brain which make you happy.  Training also forces you to push through mental barriers, a skill that transfers to all areas of your life.  Exercise makes you stronger both physically and mentally.

For me, my whole life goes the way my training goes.  If I’m killing it in my training, I’m also killing it in everything else.  If my training is suffering, the rest of my life also suffers.  Thus, exercise is essential for me.  I have to show up to train every day, whether I feel like it or not.

Training gives me the energy I need to do everything I do.  Exercise makes me more productive and also improves my social interactions.  I’m happier and more friendly after I’ve trained.   Training gives me positive energy, which uplifts the people around me.  The opposite works the same way – negativity becomes a magnet for negativity.  Working out gives me a lot of positive energy, and I can share that with people for the rest of the day.

Nutrition is one of the keys to good training.  The better your food, the more energy you have to train.  The better you train, the better you feel.  Excellent training requires great nutrition habits.

Why Are Routines Necessary?

Routines are important because they save you time.  Training every day, and eating proper nutrition, is a major commitment.  It takes a lot of time.  Ask people why they don’t train more; the answer will almost always be because they don’t have time.

Routines allow you to work efficiently to get things done.  They help to avoid decision-making fatigue.  You don’t have to think about what to do when you have a routine.  You follow your routine.  This frees up your mental energy for other things.  Most adults must manage work, family life, training, and nutrition.  This is a lot of work and a lot of responsibility.  The only way to manage it all is by developing routines.

There are ups and downs in a fitness journey, just like there are in any journey.  Some days you can’t wait to train; others are a grind.  Having routines helps you push through difficult days.  Your default mode becomes following your routine and getting your work done.  Your routines give you momentum and build the habits you need to keep showing up to train every day.  Sleep properly, eat proper nutrition, and pack your gym bag the night before.

You are what you repeatedly do.  If you want to do many things and do them well, you must have routines.  That’s why I have routines for everything I do – training, getting groceries, cooking, meditating, reading, writing, and playing guitar.

You will notice that your routines evolve as you evolve.  Quitting bad habits and starting good ones is just changing your routines.  That’s all there is to it.  Your life and your career will go as far as your routines take you.  Good routines will lead you to success, and bad routines (or bad habits) will lead you to failure.

The body is a vehicle for creating desired mental states, and physical training (along with meditation) is the best tool I have found to keep myself happy.  Training and nutrition are the backbone of everything I do.  They structure my day.  They structure my whole life.  My life revolves around getting proper training and nutrition, as it should.  I feel the best I have ever felt, and that is why.

How to Improve Your Routines

Routines are the sign of an ambitious person.  Here is a simple exercise you can do to improve your daily routine.  This one simple exercise can be lifechanging if you apply it:

Write out your daily routine (everything you do from when you wake up until you go to bed).  If you could add one thing to your routine, what would it be?  If you could remove one thing from your routine, what would it be?  Now, go out and make those changes.

Fitness routines are the key to physical and mental strength.

Fitness routines are the key to physical and mental strength.

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