The demands of life can quickly pull you away from your time in the gym. This is especially true for individuals who are working hard to become mixed martial artists, but have to manage an outside career to make their ends meet. In order to be successful during your quest, you must find the best way to create that work-life balance that makes it possible for you to continue your training towards your goals.
You must prioritize your life. This always sounds a lot simpler than it really is. To help in this process, break down your week and categorize each hour in the way it will be used. Each week contains 168 hours and to prioritize you must take those hours for exactly as they are. If you are required to work 40 hours a week, then your potential time is cut down to 128 hours immediately. Next, subtract 56 hours for sleeping; that’s if you are getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night. That gives you 72 potential training hours. Take that time and break it down into where exactly you need it. With this information, you will be able to plot out your training week to be as effective as it can possibly be.
Goal-setting is a big part of taking on life’s demands. Take the time to write out a weekly set of goals that you can revisit each day. Ask yourself what exactly you did to help yourself reach your goals. Doing so will help you avoid losing time because of the demands that may come out of nowhere. As you visibly check off the goals that were once in your way, you will experience a feeling of achievement that will help push you towards the next goal.
Be sure to take one day off a week. No matter what happens you must find one day a week to dedicate to doing nothing. Even though that sounds like an oxymoron, it is very important to helping you meet your goals as a fighter. This day off will help you mentally and physically recuperate from the pain of training. Not doing so will wear you down much faster affecting your health and training.
Life can throw curveballs at us that every professional baseball player in the world envies. Instead of taking them like body blows, learn new ways to deal with those occurrences when they come. Doing so well go a long way in helping you reach your goals as a fighter and in life overall.
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