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As a onetime marathon runner, the clock was always a vital part of my daily, active life. I wouldn’t say I was obsessed by the clock but I was always thinking about the time. On the track and on the road, I was preoccupied with setting new records. Because I was never in the league of Olympians, these records would go on to be personal bests, that’s what they’re called. Setting the clock during my lap sessions and speed training would also be a habit to keep. Even where weight training is concerned, time keeping is essential.

In case you did not know this already, time keeping is essential in your daily life. From the time you wake up in the morning to the time you set the alarm clock before calling it a night, time is always a factor. A well-planned day or week sees you accomplish all your goals and complete the most important tasks for the day or week. Speaking of which; you need to prioritize those important tasks. So, if exercise is going to be on top of the list, well, there you go, you might just be starting your day with a workout instead of leaving it to the end of the day when your body and mind is already fatigued from a long, hard day at work.

There’s really no consensus as to which time of the day is the best time for workouts but I happen to believe that mornings are great. I’ve never been a morning person myself, but a lot of the guys I’ve bumped into over the years all swear by the morning routine. It makes sense to me now that I think about it. Many of these guys are family men and they love to get their training out of the way before some or another family member enters the fray and causes the natural disruption. Also, the morning workout is a great tune-up for the rest of the day.

In terms of helping you to successfully plot your fitness goals for the future; you should ideally be looking at what time of the day suits you the best. Look at it another way then. Think about your favorite part of the day. What part of the day brings you the most peace or joy? It’s also an ideal exercise in helping you to pitch out some nasty little habits that have contributed to your poor health. For instance, if watching TV for a few hours late at night is still deemed to be your favorite part of the day, then you need to address this.

Because it is clearly not healthy, not by a long shot. I can use my own life as an example to back this up. I used to do the very thing. You’re going to be shocked to learn that I don’t even have a TV anymore. It’s been a couple of years now, and I barely miss the thing. In its place are many bedside books. I love to read as well as run and walk. So, that’s how I end my day. A few pages from one of my good books. In fact, last night I was so bushed I didn’t even get that far. It also happened to be a hectic day and I ate in a hurry rather late.

Not very good, is it. But there you have it. Steve may be a great guy, but he is by no means perfect. So, you need to bear that in mind. When scheduling your exercise time you don’t need to put in place contingency plans. Like, what happens if you have to spend the day at a funeral. Or your boss has called you all in to attend to an urgent deadline in the evening. You don’t need to go frantically running around looking for a way to make up for what you lost. If you’ve missed a session, that’s really going to be okay. Remember, I did say that less is more.

Rather under do it than overdo it. It will be like a good medium rare steak as opposed to an overcooked or charred chock of ribs. At this point in time, I have to laugh. Because, guess what; time is running out on me once again. I can almost hear ed in the background saying; tick-tock-tick-tock. Do I feel the pressure right now? I’m no superhero, so I’m going to go right ahead and admit it; yes, I am feeling it a bit. But I’m pressing on and I’m not giving up on our projects, which I hope is proving to be valuable and enjoyable to you.

The pressure that I’m feeling at times can always be avoided. It all goes to show what good planning, well before the time, can accomplish. But there’s another issue that often puts guys off of their game. All good and well that they’ve got a great plan going for them. Or so they thought. But what use is it to them if it’s entirely unworkable. What a great way to give up before you’ve even begun, right? Your first exercise plan is never going to be cast in stone. It’s going to be subject to change. Be prepared to change what’s not working out for you.

While it’s okay to skip one or two workouts in the week, you’ll still need to make room for improvisation in order for you to adapt. For instance, what if you’ve had a really bad week that you couldn’t get to the gym at all. You could use a part of your weekend time for this. Instead of that hike, you could stay focused on your muscle training. But then again, that weekend hike up your favorite trail is still going to work out for you just fine. In realizing your limitations where time is concerned, you get to keep it real.