“When is the best time to work out?” a friend recently asked me. My response was simple and honest: “The best time to work out is when you will most likely do it.” She was concerned as she is trying diligently to be healthier and someone told her that she needed to be working out in the morning to jumpstart her metabolism, insinuating if she works out at night she is wasting her time.
I know the person telling her this advice was well intentioned but the last thing someone who is trying to become healthier wants to hear is that he or she is doing it wrong. When someone is starting out, it doesn’t matter what time he or she exercises. What matters is that it happens, period. We could go down the rabbit hole to discuss the timing of fasted cardio, double sessions, carb backloading, nutrient timing, periworkout nutrition, macros, etc., but we won’t.
Let’s keep it simple: When people exercise regularly, eat a little better, sleep a little more and drink more water, their lives will be vastly improved. The magic lies in the consistency. As I have said before, it is the consistent effort over time that makes water cut through rock. This is a process. It is a path – a long, winding, seemingly endless path.
There will never be a day where you can say, “I don’t need to care about any of this ever again.” It is important, always. Playing with your grandchildren shouldn’t be a dream. Being able to go for a run (hell, even a walk) or pick up something heavy shouldn’t be a wish.
Did you know that you do not have to wake up in pain every day? Did you know that you could wake up and feel ready to take on the day? Did you know you could become the most fit you have ever been? You do not need to settle. You should not settle.
In my own health and fitness journey, my goal is to be able to (physically) do anything someone asks me to do at any given time.
Want to go snowshoeing? Sure.
Let’s go for a hike on that mountain? Of course.
Dad, pick me up? No problem.
I do not want to have to say no to these things simply because I am weak or broken.
If you don’t use it, you lose it. There’s a recent video of The Nature Boy Ric Flair deadlifting 405 at the age of 67, then letting out a “Woo!” Talk about awesome, motivating and inspiring.
We need to challenge our brains and bodies regularly. A recent New York Times article discussed superagers, or people well into their 70s, 80s and 90s who have the mental acuity and energy of those a quarter of their ages.
One thing all of these people have in common is that they continue to make themselves uncomfortable. They push themselves mentally and/or physically every day. They do not allow themselves to settle or become complacent. They solve puzzles and/or perform challenging workouts, for example. What matters most is that they do it and they do it regularly. They do not just give in to the idea that they must get slower, weaker and more tired as they grow older.
It’s time to get up and get out of your comfort zone. It’s literally killing you. So many people die at the age of 25 but aren’t buried until 90. Don’t let that be you!