I’ve been working out for quite some time now, and in that time I’ve seen some of my friends take up training programs. And as it often happens, I’ve seen them quit the gym and give up their training only to become unfit and flaccid. It’s a pattern that one gets into over the time and there’s one reason that’s more common than any other: Women.
That’s right, it applies to even the most hardcore muscle and fitness enthusiasts. At first, they start going less, then they start developing bad eating habits and finally they let themselves go completely by embracing their fate. It’s an appalling pattern, and not a great reflection on women and relationships in general. So what’s the matter? Is it really their fault?
Learn to Be The Juggler
Before we start pointing fingers, it’s important to understand that there are always exceptions and I happen to be one. I’ve managed to maintain the same lean muscular physique I had before I met my girlfriend (I had to slog my ass for it, literally…)
Work and relationships are probably the two most stressful and time consuming things that most of us will have to deal with on a regular basis. You’ll get back home from work feeling exhausted and tired then, that will be the time you’d want to rush into her arms. If you hit the gym straight after though, you’ll probably not get any time to spend with your girlfriend. Majority of the remaining time will be spent cooking if you’re living alone. You’ll simply realize that there’s not enough time in the day.
What’s the solution? Simple – Join a gym that’s nearer to your workplace rather than your home. Learn to train to train smart instead of the donkey work. Working out before office timings, would mean that you’ll be a free bird in the evening. Striking a deal with your girlfriend to meet every alternate day can also take a lot of load off your shoulders.
Is Your Girl Unintentionally Disrupting Your Regime?
Being in a relationship means your time management has to be near perfect. The above mentioned tips can help you to a certain extent, but won’t completely solve your troubles. There are some other ways also by which your girlfriend might be affecting your regimen. Here are a few of them:
Lack of Motivation: I don’t mean to say that your girlfriend saps your energy or anything like that, what I mean, is that having a girlfriend can take away one of your biggest motivating factors. Once you’re in a great relationship, you won’t always try and ‘impress’ your girl in the same way. This means that you’ll probably be more content to let yourself get flaccid – even though it will mean you end up getting less involved and causing your girlfriend to stop putting effort in you. The solution? Learn to love the gym for what it is; don’t train for women or for being a show pony.
Junk Food: This one I can’t criticize. Once you get into a relationship, you start eating bigger meals and much more pudding. The solution is to simply maintain your weekly calorie intake by consuming less calories the next day.
Change of ‘Priorities’: This is the most common one. When I tell some of my friends the reasons for hanging out less with them, they hit me with this. But, they neglect the fact that by being healthier and stronger they can make themselves more switched on at work and inspire those around them.
It won’t come as a surprise to me, if many of you already know these things and can vouch for what I’ve said here. I too had my moments, but quickly realized them and turned the tide in my favor. And so can you, with a little bit of help from the inner demon waiting to unleash itself in the gym. So keep the blame game on the sidelines and go for it TIGER…