80% Rule: Be Active!
About 4 weeks ago I decided I needed to get my butt in gear and really make an effort to be consistent with my training and nutrition.
(You can read about that >>>HERE<<<)
And to make that happen I am living by the 70/80/90 Rule we talk about and coach at Full Throttle Athletics.
I'm doing really well with the 70 part of the rule.
You can read all about the 70 Rule <--- But just a quick recap...70% of my training will be at 70% intensity.
Now we are on the the 80 Rule.
The 80 says that I will be active 80% of the year.
So out of 365 days, I need to be doing something active 292 days.
Breaking that down, I should be training (or doing something active) 6 days per week.
For some, this may look overwhelming.
"What if I can't get to the gym 6 days a week?!?!"
All you need is to be ACTIVE 6 days per week.
So, if you can only get to the gym 3 days per week, then the other 3 days just do something.
Take your dogs for a walk.
Go the pool or park with your kids and play.
If you like to play tennis or golf or any other sport, that is still being active.
Don't look at being active as only getting to the gym. Do stuff you love to do and it won't seem like a chore. Plus no matter what you are doing, by just being active you are burning calories.
So how am I doing with being consistent with the 80 Rule?
Well, the first week was great! I got my 4 days of training in and then the other 2 days I went to the pool with P and we played and swam. A lot! LOL
Then, I got strep over July 4th week.
Who the heck gets strep in July!?!?
So that put me out for a good week. Getting strep as an adult really sucks.
Now for some, this would completely knock them off their tracks.
I mean getting strep and halting all training and proper nutrition the second week into a new goal, may have some look at it as a failure and they should give up.
If this sounds like you, DON'T let anything stop you no matter where you are in your training and goal setting.
It's only a week, or for some it might be longer.
1 week out of 52, will not make a whole lot of difference in the end.
Or some would think they need to go double time the next few weeks to make up for the time they had to take off.
This is something you shouldn't do either.
After being sick, even just for a week, I had to ease my way back into my training.
First couple of days I took it real easy and slow.
I didn't want to end up getting sick again.
And now I have been back at it and I feel great again. My training has been going great and I've been having a lot of fun :)
After reading this I hope you leave realizing 2 things (if you hadn't already)
- You do need to be active 80% of the year, but being "active" does not mean you have to be in the gym 6-7 days a week. Get your training done 3-4 days per week but then the other days, have fun! Do things you love to do with people you love to do them with. Just being active 6 days a week will make a huge difference when it comes to meeting your goals and just being healthy overall.
- If life gets in the way (like getting strep 2 weeks into working towards that goal) DO NOT GIVE UP! Life is going to happen, you can't stop it. But what you can do is be flexible and work around it. You will still meet your goals. I promise you :)
So over the next couple of weeks, make it a goal of yours to be active 6 days a week. I am willing to bet not only will you be happy with the results, but you will feel great!