We all live hurried, hectic, lives these days…unfortunately the first thing that gets pushed aside…is our daily exercises.
HERE’S MY SECRET
The key is to make exercise something you value.
The simple truth is if it is important to you, you find a way to make time for it. If it’s not you’re not going to stick with it.
Why is exercise important to me? Because when my body feels good, I get more out of life.
Why is exercise important to you? If you are like me and want to get the most out of your life, exercise is invaluable and you’ll want to make time for it.
Every morning mark down and circle your workouts in your planner. Make a commitment to workout at a specific time. Make this a high-priority “appointment with yourself” that you don’t compromise on.
Time is the only thing we all have an equal amount of. We all have 24 hours a day. How you use that time is your decision―you can either invest it or spent it. Don’t let anyone spend YOUR time without your permission!
You wouldn’t miss a doctor’s, dentist or business appointment. Would you? Working out is just as important―it helps you perform better as a parent, worker, student and human being.
FINDING THE TIME
A few practical tips to fit Fitness into your busy life.
#1 LEAN TV. When you watch TV, try to incorporate some physical activity. Make it a point to walk on your treadmill, march in place, or find some activity you can do in your chair (i.e. arm & grip exercises). Exercise minutes fly by when you are distracted by the news or a sitcom.
#2 LEAN Alarm. Hit the sheets just 30 minutes earlier, so that you can get up and start your day with your work out. Morning working outs regulate appetite, boost energy, and most important—an A.M. sweat session ensures that your workout is checked off first thing each day!
#3 LEAN Media Minutes. For a few days, record how much time you spend surfing the internet, checking personal email, watching TV, and playing video games, whether it’s on your computer or your phone. Cut out some of that screen time, and you suddenly have time to squeeze in your “8 minutes” of Fitness Fusion.
#4 LEAN Routine. One reason it’s so challenging to fit exercise into a schedule is because you’re not used to doing it. It takes time to shower and brush your teeth in the morning, but you do it. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine turns the working out process from willpower into habit.
#5 Clean to LEAN. Cleaning is something we all have to do. Make it serve double duty and get a workout while you clean. Set a timer for 20 minutes and go―see how much you can clean. I guarantee you’ll work up a sweat. If you’re doing lighter housework like laundry or organizing, throw in some lunges or push-ups every few minutes to get your heart rate up and feel your muscles.
Exercise and connect with your body and your life!