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    Struggling for time/ Keep failing

    Hi My situation is , I work full time on a varying shift pattern (covering 7 days a week , am/pm/nights which makes it impossible to exercise at any kind of regular time /day)
    I have a family who obviously take up alot of (well spent ) time .
    I'm spend alot of time in the garden , which is great exercise and good for the mental health , but doesn't build the type of muscle and/or fitness I desire .

    I've tried to do the 30 day programs on and off. , But always fail in the first half as I miss several days due to the above reasons. I know I could restart them but feel like I'm cheating/lost the motivation. I feel like 30 days should be 30 days not 60 days .
    I've tried to do my own program to the same end .

    I've found an abb app that I like and shows gains, but again I fail because of all the above.

    I sometimes think I'm trying to do too much in one go, but am eager to progress physically (albeit I am now 40+ so should perhaps be more wary of injury etc)

    Anyone else in the same position? Anyone found a solution ?





    #2
    This has happened to me too. The problem is the "all or nothing" mentality. You have to understand that by doing ANYTHING, you are already doing more than the majority of people. If you miss a day or two, pick up where you left off, and don't beat yourself up about it. Someone posted this video for me awhile back, please take a look at it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_D2lIUuQHA The goal should be to build exercise into a habit.

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      #3
      the video is very inspiring. I struggled to with the current programs (HIIT Combat is not mine, Strength Protocol is too hard actually, nothing fits in between). So maybe I will try the Totals Program and some totals challenges. Thanks very much

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        #4
        No problem. keep at it, and you will find balance. Maybe do something and throw in running/cycling for extra, and build to the harder workouts.

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          #5
          Soooo, you have a garden. That sounds like the place nobody is bothering you and to have some you-time.
          You need 2m² (20ft²) to do your daily darebee-ing. You got trees? You are good for pull-ups. Just move it outside, if possible. Fresh air and exercise go togeher well. You may be buried under 1m of snow right now, but then, hey, shovel yourself a fitness court (2m²) and use it.
          If not: Failing is part of the progress. It's a trial and error thing to find a sustainable fitness routine. Just try to make yourself and your family believe that you need those 30 minutes/day.
          All the best and good luck.

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            #6
            Just to add a couple of ideas, maybe something will work for you, everyone is individual...
            Consider choosing something that takes very little time, such as a Darebee challenge (they usually don't take much time). Choose something that is not too hard for you, just to get started. You don't want to dread it, look forward to it! Then choose a time, maybe tied to something you already do. Before you garden perhaps, or before you go to work. Commit to 30 days of doing the challenge at that time. Even if it only takes 5 minutes, just to establish a habit. As you go, you'll probably want to do more. Go from there.

            Maybe start a check-in thread on here, it's a great motivator and we'll all be around to cheer you on. hope this helps and good luck!

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              #7
              Training with familly or friends helps me a lot when I feel down. I also try to always have a light daily workout with a more intense punctual workout when I have more time.

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                #8
                53jd I work a minimum of 10 hour days 6-7 days per week. So speaking from experience it is unpleasant to try to mix in workouts. What worked for me at the beginning was keeping workouts on the shorter side (15 - 20 min max). It makes it easy to commit. You could try a short workout program, like Epic 5, or just pick a less time consuming workout. Schedule a little off time (I like to take Mondays off). Also, get more accepting of missing workout days (because you will). If a 30 day program takes 60 days, isn't that better than doing nothing at all?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Baryl View Post
                  53jd If a 30 day program takes 60 days, isn't that better than doing nothing at all?
                  YES!

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                    #10
                    Just my 2c: once I was beyond my mid-40's I found that I get actually better gains from taking more full recovery days and keeping workouts shorter with fewer sets than before! When the workouts themselves are no-nonsense (not everything always to failure but also no walk in the park) the stimulus is more than enough for growth and strength increase, in my case unless I overdo it because of being in denial that my recovery ability has changed with age. Once I got over the fact that I can't work out like a monster 5 times a week any more but like a ... slightly more strategic monster, I have more time for other things and the results are just as good, in some aspects even better. For me, a 30days program done in 60 days with a few push-ups or walks on the off-days yields excellent results and doesn't deplete the tank. Ymmv.
                    Tl;dr: Don't underestimate recovery, whether for strength, cardio or hypertrophy, it is an important part. Not working out every day does not have to compromise fitness gains, the opposite can be true.

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                      #11
                      53jd ,I've mixed and matched. For days that I have very little time, I use one of the programs like Epic 5 so I feel like I'm doing something physical, but it's not stressing me out bc I don't have to commit alot of time that day. Many of those workout have been done on my lunch break, bc hey, it's only 5 minutes. And for super busy days. It's the Darebee Dare that is my total workout for the day.
                      I'll pick one of the other programs for days I have more time. It has taken anywhere from 30 days to almost 90 sometimes to complete a program. Not ideal but I can still tell there are gains.

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