Most people I know have a gym schedule. Some people do go when they can because their work, daily events, and other outside stuff prevents them from working out the same time everyday. I'm actually lucky enough to have a very set time-range of when I go to the gym to workout. It's usually between 10am- 1pm. This everyday time range allows me to know my routine with my meal timing and how the rest of the day is gonna be.
I'm writing this because I fell into this routine but recently was called to jury duty, so I was throw for a little loop as far as my workout and meal times were concerned. Not making any excuses, but it was tough going to the gym at 7pm compared to 11am. It was also tough to not have my set meal times the way they have been. I don't eat every 2 hours on the dot, and i don't get too concerned about eating to "keep my metabolism on fire". I do however eat my meals at certain parts of the day and with jury duty's lunch breaks, and short breaks I had to figure out how to make these work for ME.
Everyone is gonna be different, and everybody in their own routines. The good thing about this is that your body can adjust fairly simple with a little planning and a few days of getting into the rythym.
So for anyone out there that changes schedules of their work hours, vacations, family in town, etc. The key is to plan ahead and my best advice is to run a sample day through your head. Simulate the hours of the day and how your meals, and workouts are gonna pan out.
Trust me, a little preparation will pay off and keep you on track with your current goals. Have fun with it!
Stephen Obar (@OBARmuscle) is a writer for various fitness publications, a personal trainer, diet coach and a cancer survivor. Stephen currently spends his time hitting the weights as well as continuing to soak up all he can on the newest and latest bodybuilding and nutrition studies and news. When he is 'relaxing', you can find him in the kitchen, and overseeing his little brother's nutrition and training as he is a sponsored Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete.