Right off the bat, I’m setting myself up for success through consistency with all of my routines. Routines are the best way to develop habits that can stay with you for a lifetime. I noticed that I developed a routine of sitting on the couch every day after work. Like clockwork, I sat at 3:30p.m. and I was sitting on the couch for the next 5 hours. That’s what you call a very bad habit. Needless to say, I’ve changed my routines, and I expect success to follow. Here is an example of what a typical day is like for me.
I wake up every morning around 5:30 am and immediately drink a full glass of water. This really helps to jump-start my metabolism for the day. Check out A New Health Guide for the complete benefits of early morning water consumption. On way out the door, I grab my lunch, either made on Sunday during my weekly meal prep, or made the night before. Upon arriving to work, I immediately have breakfast to get my day going.
When 11:30 am rolls around I have lunch and possibly a snack like an apple or banana. I never want to eat something heavy for lunch, since I hit the gym around 3p.m. and I want to be able to work as hard as I can. I never spend more than 90 minutes in the gym, and I make sure that I stretch before and after all workouts. Anything longer than that, and you are likely over training.
Once I get home, I cook my dinner and lunch for the next day if I haven’t already done it on Sunday. After my meal I do an ab workout (under 6 minutes) and 100 push-ups. Finally, I allow myself to relax and attempt to get 6-8 hours of sleep.
This is what a standard day is in my life. Of course there are obstacles and changes to these routines weekly, but they become harder to miss the more consistent I am. I know better than anyone that life will do its best to throw you off course, but this is where I am teaching myself to truly be better than the last time!