DON’T WAIT UNTIL 2017! HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT
Q: I’m 25 years old and work 50-60 hours a week. I’m 5’6” and 115 pounds. I got a gym membership over a month ago but still haven’t gone. I’m finding it difficult to discipline myself, though I plan on starting into the new year. I mostly work 10 to 12 hours with basically no breaks, and have such little energy most days (probably from lack food..) I have bad posture from sitting, would I be at risk of injury from that or just try my best for good form while exercising?What are some good meals that are easy to prep? What exercises should I do/plans shoulder I follow? I honestly just feel lost and any advice would help.
A: I can somewhat relate to how you feel by the end of a work day. I live 40 miles away from the office and sometimes it takes me up to 90 minutes to commute 1 way to work…even at 5:30 in the morning! With regards to getting your butt to the gym – if there is a will, there is a way. You bought the gym membership, now you must use it to see any results. Make the drive over there regardless of how you feel. Don’t view it as a chore – find something you enjoy about the gym, whether it be lifting the weights, doing bodyweight exercises, seeing the hot girls, whatever it takes. Don’t wait until next year to get in shape (even if it’s a few days away). Make the trip over there after work tomorrow.
Pasta with either ground beef or chicken is easy to prep and is easily stored in a Tupperware. You can cook up a big batch of it and just take a portion with you to work. That goes for anything you might be eating already at home – steak, fish, potatoes, grains, etc. Oatmeal is another obvious choice as a good source of carbs while at work.
If you absolutely don’t have the time to cook, I think that the ready-made meals that Trader Joe’s and Safeway have are very viable. I’m a big fan of the Trader Joe’s sandwich wraps and their BBQ chicken salads. It costs a few bucks to substitute meal prep for their products, but the time saved is worth it.
Physical exercise is imperative to correcting naturally bad posture – start getting active and strengthen those muscles. Particularly, strengthening your back and abdominal muscles will directly lend help towards reinforcing better posture.
If you are brand new to being in the gym, I highly recommend just trying a little of everything out for the first couple months. No need to go gung-ho when you’re brand new, just do what you want in terms of upper body and lower body. Do some dumbbell presses on a flat bench, do curls, tricep pushdowns with the rope, lat pulldowns, squats, leg presses, etc. All of that stuff in any combination will lead to good gains when you’re starting out. What’s most important is that you actually get yourself to the gym, and on a consistent basis. Again, don’t wait for the perfect storm to happen before you can get a training session in. Even competitive athletes have their Friday nights where they’d rather be watching Pornhub instead of squatting 15 sets. There’s never been a better time for you to become the best version of yourself, and that time starts now.