It was the Buddha who said, “to keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” In other words, you’re going to have a hard time achieving greatness if you don’t keep your body hard and your mind sharp.
We get it. You’re a man on the go. You’re out there leading the pack and pushing the envelope. But real men don’t make excuses. Real men find time to get their workout in and find ways not to eat like a teenage boy at a food court.
Whether you’re on the road or just working hard, you must make a plan and commit. We have some tips to help you make the right things happen.
Choose the Best Time to Work Out
When is the best time to work out? When you can work out. In all seriousness, you must take a hard look at your schedule and be honest on whether you can commit to it. There are pros and cons to working out either in the morning, at lunch, or after work. The science is clear that working out in the afternoon is when your body is most primed for a workout, but little good will that do you if the day gets away from you and you can’t make it. And although you may not have the best workout at 0 dark 30, research has also shown that people who commit to the a.m. are more likely to stick to that schedule.
You must decide what time is your best opportunity to get in your workout. The key is deciding in advance when, making a schedule, and sticking to that schedule.
The World is Your Gym
Getting to the gym has become a lot more difficult in the age of Covid-19. Again, excuses won’t get it done though.
If you have access to a 5’ X 5’space, you have room to work out. You can also go out for a run, go for a long hike on the weekends, jump rope in your garage or hotel room, do sprints in your backyard, or just do 100 burpees while watching TV (you may want to work up to that one). What we’re saying is: You have options, and your only limitation is your imagination.
Check out The Prisoner Workout, published in the Art of Manliness, for a bodyweight exercise program you can do in the confines of your home.
Nutrition on the Go
“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.”
- Jack LaLanne
You can’t outwork a poor diet. It’s that simple. Of course, you can always ensure your personal chef only prepares the healthiest of options for you. You don’t have one of those? We don’t either.
That means the responsibility to eat properly lies squarely on your shoulders. The good news is that it’s 2020 and there are plenty of healthy options out there when you’re on the go.
To keep it simple, look for options that only include whole, natural food. We’re talking a bowl or plate of just a protein, veggies, and maybe rice or potatoes if you’re good with the carbs. Stay away from the processed stuff and you can’t go wrong.
Catch Your ZZZs and Take a Breather
Be careful about burning the midnight oil. Healthy men need their sleep. If for any reason, consider a University of Chicago Medical Center study that found that young men who only had five hours of sleep decreased their testosterone levels by 10% to 15%.
On top of getting enough sleep, you’ll also do your health and fitness good by managing your stress. Exercise, good nutrition, and getting plenty of sleep help tremendously in this regard, but you’re a man on the go. Meditation can be a great way to calm the busy mind.
Check out this article in Men’s Journal, “The Distracted Man’s Guide to Mediation.”
You want to be great. We want you to be great. Take care of that body and mind of yours, so you can achieve it all.