Make your fitness or wellness program a high priority. Schedule your day around it rather than trying to fit it into your day. Schedule times for exercise and other physical activity throughout the day, both at home and work. Pick specific times. Don’t say, “I’m going to exercise tomorrow.” Instead say, “I’m going to exercise tomorrow at 5:30 PM.”
Don’t allow other activities to interfere with your plan to take better care of yourself. If you had an appointment to go to the doctor at 5:30 PM you would plan around it, so do the same thing with exercise.
And if someone asks you to do something at the same time that you are planning on exercising, don’t change your schedule unless absolutely necessary. Tell them, “Sorry, but I’m busy at 5:30.”
Be disciplined. Most people think that being disciplined is starting work when you say you would. That’s part of it, but being disciplined is also quitting work when you said you would. So if you plan on working until 5:00 so that you can exercise when you get home, quit work at 5:00 and go exercise.
When you realize how important it is to take better care of yourself, it will get easier to make it a priority.
Dr. Marc Tinsley is a health, fitness, and wellness expert who works with organizations who want to stop losing money and be more productive by taking better care of themselves and their members. He takes the fear, difficulty, mystery, and confusion out of health, wellness, and fitness with keynotes, breakouts, workshops, in-services, teleseminars, webinars, coaching, and consulting.