When you’re just getting started or struggling to see results with what you’re already doing, cramming in as many weekly workouts as possible is tempting.

And then, about two weeks, maybe a month into it, you’re feeling about as fresh and calm as a wildebeest who somehow made it across the crocodile-infested Mara River with a cut wound or two.

Extra workouts, intensity, or a jump in daily physical activity are the last thing you need when dealing with an already hectic schedule. You’ve got no base to build it on.

Instead, start by figuring out how to reduce or manage some of the stressors in your life. Find ways to improve your recovery. Prioritise sleep. Call in some favours. Make your life feel less hectic.

And use that extra recovery to create a solid foundation for where to build your workouts and all the other stuff.