There are 168 hours in a week.
Sports are one of the most popular things to watch on TV. Watching athletes perform at a high level is amazing. The things they can do and the shape that they are in leave you the desire to do what they do or to change your body. However, it’s vital to recognize a few things.
First thing is we need to recognize how these athletes got to this point. They train non-stop, all day, every day. Simply put, it’s their job. Not to mention that they are burning xxx calories with each work-out, even Michael Phelps was eating 10,000 calories a day just to maintain his body weight!
For most of us, who are not professional athletes, we don’t train anywhere close to these athletes. Let’s be realistic on many levels here; who makes it the gym even more than three times a week? I don’t know that many, but clients and the public think that their three workouts will change their bodies overnight! The way infomercials and social media manipulate information and their message, it’s easy to get caught up in that train of thought.
What Are You Doing When You’re Not in the Gym?
Now here’s the thing. The workout does play a role. But it’s a small one! Let’s put it into perspective. There are 168 hours in a week. So let’s say that the average person works out three hours a week. Three hours versus 165. Which one is more important?
In the end it’s the 165 that will make or break the outcome you get when changing your body. An easier way to say it is that everything you do outside of your workouts will outweigh what you do in the gym. There’s just no way to compete with all that time where you can eat and drink and do other things to disrupt your progress.
Enjoy sports and the greatness that we will see amongst our athletes. In the end it’s beautiful to see how commitment and hard work can pay off. Just remember you didn’t get to see all that hard work. You just get to see them compete. It’s the same when changing your own body. People get to see you work out at the gym but they will never see the hard work and discipline outside of it.