Weight lifting is a hobby that takes discipline and consistency in order to produce dramatic muscle gain, with bodybuilders committing themselves to regular workout sessions, consuming strict meal plans, and attempting to achieve sufficient rest each night for recovery. For those who have the time to easily perform a weight training session several times per week, and who are able to observe the proper meal plan without difficulty, bodybuilding does not become a major chore, but certain weight lifters lack any organization whatsoever, and find themselves struggling to integrate life with proper weight training and diet variables, yet they feel so attracted to achieving muscle building or fat loss progress that they begin abdicating responsibilities in other, far more important areas of life in favor of their bodybuilding pursuits.
This is why proper scheduling is essential to bodybuilding success, as having a specific time devoted to weight training, as well as segments of the day where meals are consumed, will ensure that there is no constant struggle to choose between bodybuilding sessions and family or work. Yet, even those who structure weight training and diet around a daily, organized regimen many times will experience unexpected scenarios that cause them to rearrange their day, and for those who become obsessive over muscle gain, this can create intense internal stress, to the point where other far more vital aspects of life are ignored in favor of a workout. For most, proper scheduling is sufficient to avoid any regular occurrences that promote skipped meals or abandoned weight training workouts, but life many times offers unexpected inconveniences, and when bodybuilding begins to take on a far more important segment of life than that of its true classification (a hobby), relationships and our commitment to helping those around us can suffer greatly, leading to a loss of proper perspective on the meaning of our very existence.
Bodybuilding, as a hobby, in and of itself is innocent, and does not need to become a narcissistic pursuit used to base every aspect of confidence and self worth upon, yet for some, this is precisely what transpires, and bodybuilders begin valuing themselves based upon the level of attention they receive from others, which correlates with the amount of muscle mass that they display on a given day. Steroids complicate this issue further, as a bodybuilder establishes a standard that is based on drug abuse, and to continue receiving an identical level of superficial attention from others, steroids need to remain a constant, and this leads to a strong psychological addiction, both to drugs and the bodybuilding lifestyle.
Many families are ruined by addictions of all types, including drugs, alcohol and pornography, but while few view physical fitness as a dangerous pursuit, bodybuilding is a hobby that can promote obsessive feelings that will separate a weight lifter from others, to the point where life begins to revolve around a mere diet and workout plan, with all else occupying a lower priority. This skewed psychological framework destroys marriages, causes a level of obsession with appearance that inevitably leads to infidelity, and will promote a level of sadness and grief that can lead to severe depression and a wide range of addictions, such as those mentioned.
To avoid such one dimensional thinking, a bodybuilder must make sure that he or she can place the hobby in proper perspective, knowing that a meaningful existence is based upon how we love God and others, with making those who surround us feel special and wanted ranking far above whether we have a large biceps muscle or defined abs; giving to others is what promotes true happiness. Yet, this does not in any way suggest that bodybuilding is incompatible with a well adjusted, selfless existence, as the vast majority, with proper scheduling, can easily integrate a potent bodybuilding routine into their agenda without harming relationships or daily obligations, yet for this to occur, organization is of paramount importance. Those who refuse to follow a structured timetable towards daily activities feel burdened by what they must accomplish, but if carefully analyzing their day, will find that much time was squandered specifically due to haphazard living.
Therefore, to reduce the chance that bodybuilding will conflict with life’s more pressing concerns, choose specific weight training diet and workout times that do not adversely impact family, friends or work, and do so knowing that if unexpected scenarios surface, you will rearrange your schedule to address the most important concerns first, so that bodybuilding compliments a joyous, well adjusted life, as opposed to destroying the harmony and peace that we all aim for.