“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” Will Rogers
“This year I am going to get healthy.” How many times have you said that in January and by March you’ve slipped back into your old habits and wasted another three months? What in the world happened? Life…that’s what happened.
Everyday, you juggle personal responsibilities. At least once per day, you wish there were 30 hours instead of 24. Stop wasting time trying to make time for fitness, you must create the time and budget it into your schedule. As the saying goes, “You can have the greatest mind in the world, but if you don’t have something to carry it around in, it’s worthless.” Your body is the instrument of your mind, you only get one, so take care of it.
The hardest part is getting started. Once you get going, you’ve already done more than most people. Here are some ways to help you make time for fitness.
Make Healthier Choices
If you are out of shape now, you are probably making too many poor lifestyle choices that are ensuring that you stay exactly the way you are. The first step is to take a reality check concerning these choices. Making changes here may be the most challenging part of the process.
Eat breakfast everyday. Breakfast is your most important meal of the day. If you currently skip it, you are sabotaging your efforts right from the start. Eating breakfast allows you to concentrate better, be less irritable, work more efficiently and feel nourished and energized.
Ask yourself these questions:
a) What habits do you have that can sabotage your fitness plan?
b) What habits do you need to create to support your plan?
Decide what type of fitness activities are fun and purposeful to you
a) Are you social? Pick activities that involve others: Join a team. Sign up for a gym class.
b) Are you a loner? Walk, jog or bike to work. Hire a personal trainer. Wake up 30 minutes early and complete a workout.
Add fruits and veggies to your meals. Plant foods are usually lower in calories and are high in fiber. By adding them to your meals, you not only improve taste and texture, but you also crowd out extra calories.
Get to the gym
Look at getting to the gym as a way of escaping from your day and just taking care of you. Pick a time to work out and write it in your calendar. This transforms an abstract idea into something concrete.
Exercising in the morning is a great way to burn more calories. However, if your schedule just won’t permit morning workouts, chose evenings, or another time during the day. Stop by the gym on your way home from work. But DO NOT go home first. Once you walk through the door, the odds of getting to the gym greatly decrease.
Work out at work
Take a lunchtime fitness break. Go for a walk or bike ride at lunchtime. You can even get fellow workers involved. Why not start a walking/riding group? Another option would be to walk or bike to work.
If you ride the bus, get off a few blocks early and walk the rest of the way. If you have a meeting on another floor, get off the elevator early and use the stairs, better yet, skip the elevator all together.
If you travel, plan ahead. Bring your jump rope or choose a hotel with a fitness center. Walking is always your ace in the hole. You can do it anywhere, in any weather condition.
Your lifestyle, job and family obligations will lead you to the best fitness choice for you. Do what works for you and make fitness a habit you keep, for life.