The Time to Train – Better Fitness Daily
Even after all these years, I’m still amazed at the number of us who continue to ignore the ‘loud and clear’ messages our body is constantly sending us. On the one hand, we claim to value our health but on the other, we continue to destroy it with terrible choices, habits and behaviors; mostly involving food, drugs (of various kinds), exercise and lifestyle. And we do this, despite knowing better, we still make excuses
What’s the No. 1 excuse for not working out? Survey says, “Lack of time”. Sure, we’re all busy managing our different worlds and rushing around from here and there every day. However, I promise that no matter how busy you are, someone even busier than you are is working out right now. One my favorite lines from the great Zig Ziglar, “You have 24 hours each day. During that time, you do those things that you deem most important. If you look closer, you’ll discover that you do have the time to work out—and you deserve to use that time for yourself.
Still not convinced that you have the time to exercise? You can start by Controlling your controllables. As of right now, stop wasting time and energy on things you have zero control of. Here’s a healthy question: what can I control? And another: what should I do today? Rather than, what am I comfortable doing? We can all do this…
Wake up earlier. Sleep is definitely important for overall health and weight-loss, but could you hit the sheets just 30 minutes earlier, so that you could get up and work out before your day starts? Working out in the morning has numerous benefits including regulating appetite, boosting energy and—perhaps the biggest benefit of all—an A.M. sweat session ensures that your workout is checked off first thing each day! Because really, how many times have you had the best intentions to exercise in the evening, only to have to work late, help your kids with a project or generally just feel too exhausted to get off the couch? With morning workouts, the time problem is solved!
Curb your media appetite. For just 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. You just might be surprised at how much time you spend on Facebook or playing Angry Birds. Just a few minutes here and there can add up to an hour or more each day. Cut out just some of that screen time and, voila, you suddenly have time to squeeze in at least 10 or 15 minutes of exercise into even the busiest day.
Be an active TV watcher. One of my favorites is to incorporate some physical activity. When watching TV, make it a point to do some jumping jacks or push-ups during commercials. Doing a little exercise during the commercial breaks can add up to almost 20 minutes of fitness for every hour of TV you watch. And at times instead of sitting in a chair when on the computer, try sitting on a stability ball.
No matter how you do it, try not to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time! I’ve set a reminder on my IPhone for this.
Make it part of your routine. One reason it’s so challenging to fit exercise into a busy schedule is because we’re not used to doing it. Heck, it takes time to brush your teeth in the morning, but you do it, don’t you? You brush your teeth every day because it’s important and because it’s almost second nature to get up and do it. Heck, I typically do some stretching while I brush my teeth. The Key is to start making some form of exercise—whether it’s walking the dog, doing 10 minutes of yoga or going for a bike ride after dinner—a daily tradition, just like showering, brushing your teeth or hitting the coffee shop on the way to work. It’s easy to fit in exercise for a few days here or there, but by incorporating it into your daily routine like you would your hygiene, you take the process of working out away from willpower and into habit.
Remember, exercise gives you energy and keeps you healthy to keep going in that busy life of yours! So don’t think of exercise as another to-do to squeeze in on your already busy schedule. Instead, think of it as maintenance for your health and a way to de-stress and do something for you!
Besides, is anything on your to-do list really more important than your health? When it comes down to it, those choices may not be so tough after all.
Eat Smart, Train Hard, Live Boldly
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