Most of us have crazy busy schedules, but somehow find the time for television, social networking, or performing dull household tasks. However, many of us feel that it’s nearly impossible to fit a workout in. I have been quite good at finding excuses for why I don’t have time to squeeze fitness into my life. Now that summer’s here, I’m hoping to put the excuses on the shelf. Here are some promising strategies I’ve found to help me make time to get fit… maybe they’ll help you too!
- Make a Plan: The best way to make time for exercise is to have a written plan. Decide on the best time for exercise in your schedule and actually enter it into your computer or cellphone calendar as a repeat event.
- Subdivide Your to-do list: Rather than making one long to-do list you’ll never complete, divide your list into categories based on importance. Remember, it’s okay to have dirty clothes in your hamper. It’s also okay if you don’t read every email the moment you receive it. However, it’s not okay to cheat your health.
- Find five minutes: Even if your day is packed with meetings and other commitments, you absolutely can take five minutes for yourself. A five-minute walk can easily turn into daily 30-minute walks a few weeks from now. You have to start somewhere.
- Be an active watcher: When you watch TV, make the most of it and exercise. Or use the commercial breaks to mix in brief cardio intervals.
- Think positive: Psychologists suggest that actively editing your negative self-talk patterns is a powerful way to support healthier lifestyle choices. For example, anytime you catch yourself thinking, “I am too busy to work out,” rephrase the thought in more positive, empowering terms, such as, “I choose to make myself a priority.” Or, “I do have time to be healthy.”
- Socialize on the move: Next time a friend suggests meeting for lunch, dinner or drinks, counter with an active invitation. How about joining you for an exercise class? Instead of spending time on the phone or emailing back and forth, suggest that you catch up on the latest news while trying an athletic pursuit that neither of you has ever tried.
- Find a cheerleader: Nominate a friend, family member, life coach or personal trainer to be your cheerleader and encourage you (positive messages only; no nagging) on a daily basis.
- Bring the family: If family obligations prevent you from fitting in regularly scheduled workouts, get the family involved too. When the kids see that exercise is important to Mommy and Daddy, it will most likely be important to them, as well.
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