I’ll be honest, mine is not that great. I can probably stand on one foot for 20 seconds. Fortunately for me, this is not the “balance” I am talking about. I am a strong believer in balancing the gym/fitness/diet with your life/hobbies.
Want a day off from the gym to watch a movie? go to a game? make that raid time? DO IT! You won’t die or lose all your gains, I promise. I see people all the time who stress over missing just a day or two from the gym. Remember, you don’t live to go to the gym, you go to the gym to live (longer, healthier, better, etc). Don’t get me wrong, I also don’t believe in missing the gym a lot either, consistency is key. If you missed the gym yesterday, make it up today. I try and schedule things around the gym or go before/after is possible. Having a balance does not mean its an excuse to miss the gym because you are just being lazy (A bit of tough love). The key is not to stress and take a day if you need it. I try and go 5 days a week, that works for me. I suggest finding a program that aligns with you weekly gym visits, but I suggest at least 3 days a week……less than half…. COME ON PEOPLE!
Diet….diet…..diet…. the biggest key to success here is BALANCE. I am referring to diet in a broad sense, of the average gym goer maintaining/losing weight (if you are in contest prep this does not pertain to you). If you want a Snickers eat a damn Snickers, but remember balance. One Snickers, one sweet tea, one Big Mac won’t make you fat or kill your diet, its one Snickers after every meal, that will. If I want something sweet or fatty or super high in calories I will usually eat it. I will make other sacrifices throughout the day the make up for it. I am also a huge fan low calorie options. I know saving 30 calories doesn’t seem like a lot, but it adds up. Another thing I tend to do is skip a side item. If I get that glorious work of art from Quiznos know as a “Chicken Carbonara” I will skip the chips and go with water. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but it adds up. A small bag of Cheetos is 310 calories and cutting that out from a daily sandwich everyday will save you over 2000 calories. Just remember balance and moderation. If I eat something I know is high in calories, I will balance that out later, whether is be a lean protein, a shake, or some fruit! The key thing to remember is balance and quality of life. I believe dieting is a game of give and take, depending on your goals and what you deem important.