It seems nearly impossible to fit exercise into
an already busy schedule. And isn’t that what
we all are right now. . . busy!
Can we all agree that exercise is important
to our health? I have to say, it is even more
important to my sanity.
No one ever argues with me as to whether
or not they should be exercising. The problem
lies in actually doing it. The excuse I most
often hear is, “I don’t have the time”.
So, let’s talk about some tips and tricks of
training that can always help us make
exercise a priority on our to do list.
However, they can be even more critical in
times when your schedule doesn’t show any
margin for extra curriculars.
1. Make a Commitment
This may sound too simple. However,
actually making a deliberate decision to
make exercise a priority in your life can be
Don’t tell yourself “I’m going to try to work
out”. Something else is sure to get in the
way. Write it on your calendar and make it
a non negotiable commitment just as you
would a meeting with a business partner.
2. Plan Ahead
As much as possible, plan out each workout
or activity you will participate in. Don’t leave
the most important things in your life to chance.
As I said before, be sure to honor this
appointment just as you would if it was with
3. Start By Moving
Don’t make your plans so lofty that you will
need a full afternoon to make them happen.
Start by planning a 15-20 minute workout
(or walk) in the morning.
Movement in the morning, will wake you up
and make you more productive through your
day. Although it’s not always possible, it feels
great when I can start my day with a win!
4. Leverage Teamwork
Find a partner with similar goals and hold each
other accountable. This can be a physical gym
date or texting a friend each morning. If you
exercise at home, text them when you put in
that workout DVD to be sure they are hitting
play as well.
If you don’t have someone in your life to team
up with, sign up for a class (especially those that
you pay as you go). If you have paid for that
time in advance, you are more likely to show up.
5. Stay Nourished
Be sure to stay fed and watered. When we are
busy, we are more likely to skip meals and that
drains our energy. Take along healthy snacks
like fruit or nuts so you aren’t caught hungry at
the vending machine.
If you fuel your body well, it will be much
happier to cooperate with your after work plans.
In addition, drink plenty of water as hydration
improves your energy, focus, and cravings.
6. Track Your Activity
I have found that my activity tracker is a great
motivator when I don’t feel like moving much. I
walk the dog a little further and take that parking
place further from the store.
I actually earn points that accumulate to savings
at my favorite stores when I reach my goal each
day. In addition, it keeps my goals top of mind.
7. Think Positively
Fill your mind with positive thoughts. . . Mantras
of “I am strong” and “I can do this”.
Don’t self sabotage by beating yourself up after
one bad meal or a missed workout. Focus on
consistency rather than perfection. Gratitude
and appreciation for what your body does for you
everyday can motivate you to invest your
precious time in caring for it.
The thought of staying healthy and working out
can seem impossible during busy seasons of your
life. However, with a little planning and
prioritizing I believe you can do it.
I promise you, it will be worth it.
If you need more help staying accountable,
inquire about our health coaching and group
challenges by e-mailing me