Continually finding new ways to motivate yourself can be one of the most difficult aspects of bodybuilding or any workout regimen, for that matter. The day in, day out grind of bettering yourself and working to get closer to your goals is never easy, and now with Daylight Saving Time over, it’s even more difficult. The days are shorter, which means utilizing your time will be of the utmost importance.
Too many people are guilty of falling off the horse when even the slightest inconvenience, including the time change, presents itself. The True Athlete, however, adapts to any situation and makes time for the gym or practice regardless of inconvenience. So, how can you improve your time management and stay motivated when the days are shorter and sunlight is scarce? Simple. Take a look at True Nutrition’s tips to save time during the time change!
One great way to save yourself a ton of time in the morning is to meal prep. Not having to cook and do dishes can save you at least an hour a day in the kitchen, meaning more time for YOU. For breakfasts, two great options are overnight oats and eggs baked in a muffin tin.
Grab a mason jar and fill it up with your desired amount of oats. Next, add milk, almond, milk, or water depending on how you like your oats or on any dietary restrictions. Fill to just above oat line. From there, you can add a spoonful of greek yogurt, honey, peanut butter or any other flavorings or toppings you like. Simply cap the jar and place it in the fridge overnight and boom! You’re done! You can prepare multiple days worth of overnight oats and as long as they remain refrigerated, you are good to go! Looking for some quality oats with your favorite additions mixed in? Check out our Custom Oatmeal Generator!
Egg muffins are a great way to get a high-protein meal down the hatch with minimal prep time. To make these bad boys, grab a muffin tin (for this example, we will use a 12-muffin tin). Chop up some spinach and place it at the bottom of each pre-greased muffin indent. Next, take pre-cooked low-fat sausage, steak, or even bits of chicken and evenly distribute a few small chunks on top of the spinach. From there, add your egg. For 12 regular sized muffins, you’ll need 4 cups of whisked eggs. TIP: Try a combination of egg whites and whole eggs. Fill up each muffin indent to the top, and give each a little stir just to mix the stuff up. If you’re looking to add a little extra flavor, feel free to sprinkle some cheese on top of each. Stick them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes and you’ll have almost a week’s worth of breakfast ready to go! Three muffins reheated in the microwave for a minute is all you need to start the day off strong. Put the remaining muffins in the fridge to keep them from spoiling, and you’re good to go!
Seriously strapped for time and can’t cook every meal? Try supplementing with one of our industry leading protein powders. With pre-made proven formulas and the ability to customize your very own protein powder, hitting your personal macros has never been easier. To top it off, True Nutrition has unique flavors that are perfect for switching up the typical chocolate and vanilla. From peanut butter cup to salted caramel, finding something new to reinvent your post workout shake and keep your tastebuds happy is just a click away.
Change When You Workout
When it comes to the time change, your body will naturally be up an hour earlier than normal. Take advantage of this – get your training or practice checked off before work! If you’re on the West Coast, it’s light starting at 5:30am, so a lack of sunlight is no longer an excuse for the early risers. In addition, changing when you workout is a great way to shock your body and push through any potential plateaus you may be experiencing.
Let’s be real – there’s nothing better than pushing open those gym doors post workout and feeling the morning sun on a solid pump. It prepares you for a focused day at work and when it’s time to leave and it’s dark out, you can rest easy knowing you’ve already crushed it your workout.
At the end of the day, we all have the same 24 hours to work with. Some of us may work longer hours than others. Some of us may have children or significant others that need attention. The bottom line is, however, that building a physique or hitting a goal is entirely up to you. If you want it bad enough, you will make time for it. Excuses never got anyone results, now that we have fallen back an hour, are you going to let it deter you, or are you going to look at it as an opportunity to better yourself?
Yours In Health,