10 Ways to Make Time for Exercise
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” - Jim Rohn
I hope this letter finds you in good health, happy, prosperous and rejuvenated after a nice weekend.
We all know the there are benefits to daily exercise, but for many, exercise many times gets pushed back farther and farther on their ‘to do’, list for several reasons. Today, I want to cover ten ways you can ‘find’ time to exercise. Try some of these out if you’re feeling at a loss for making daily exercise a part of your life, or share it with someone else you think might be.
1. GET UP EARLIER
Yes, we all tend to burn the candle at both ends, or we have good intentions on going to bed a bit earlier, but 'things' just seem to continue to use up our time. Designate a specific time you are going to go to bed, and commit to it. Let the people you live with know what your plan is, and ask for their support. Chances are good that they could also use some more zzzz’s, as well. It can be catchy, and a healthy thing for the whole clan.
2. WATCH LESS TELEVISION
According to Nielson Media Research latest report, the average American household watches 8 hours and 15 minutes of television in a 24 hour period. Whoa!!! That comes out to something like 9 years of a persons life by the time they reach 65 years of age. Double whoa!!!! Look how much of that time could be used elsewhere.
3. GO ON A SOCIAL MEDIA 'DETOX'
Sounds funny, doesn't it? I don't know about you, but I find time can quickly pass by if I don't pay attention to it. How many times have you gotten on Facebook, "just for a minute", to find yourself still sitting there hours later? Just try timing yourself.
One of my daughters mentioned something that really struck a cord with me, she said, "Mom, I decided to only be on Facebook for 10 minutes a day. The time I spend seeing what everyone else is up too, and replying, well, I'm missing out on the people in my own home, and they're the people who are the most important to me". I was touched.
While visiting with another daughter who shared an apartment with three other young women several years ago, I noticed on their wall calendar a ‘Fast’ was scheduled to take place. What was unusual is it was a ‘Facebook Fast’, for her and her roomies, and anyone else in their building who wanted to take the challenge. They felt Facebook was taking away from too much of their study time. I was impressed.
4. BUDGET A MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE TIME EACH DAY ON THE COMPUTER
Some of us will find this harder to do than others, particularly, if your job requires you to be on the computer. If you have the freedom of choice though, go for it. Let's face it, anyone can spend nine years or more of their life surfing the internet, easily.
5. TALK LESS - TRAIN MORE
Save chats for visits, lunch engagements, or other get togethers. Your training will become that much more intense, effective, and efficient.
6. DO YOU LIVE MORE THAN A 20 MINUTE DRIVE FROM YOUR GYM? CONSIDER CHANGING LOCATIONS OR FORM OF EXERCISE
There are gyms in many areas these days, depending on where you live. Check out what's available in your area. You might be pleasantly surprised. For peeps who get snow, that 20 minute drive can turn into 40 minutes. Or in some cases, when the weather is really bad and streets are in poor condition, people skip the gym all together. Find something that works for you. Save fuel. Save time. By finding something closer to home you will save yourself both while gaining more training time with less stress. Who knows, you may even save some money, too. If you cannot find anything closer, consider finding some good routes to run, hike, and bike. You may even consider getting your neighborhood friends together and take turns training at eachother’s houses ding bodyweight exercises with runs, etc., every other day.
7. HAVE YOUR GEAR, TRAINING BAG & CLOTHES, READY THE NIGHT BEFORE
This will save you the time of wandering around aimlessly looking for them while you’re trying to wake up. Have your water bottle, post-workout meal, everything you need ready to roll.
8. DESIGNATE A TIME FOR TRAINING - SCHEDULE IT ON YOUR CALENDAR
Treat it as you would an important appointment. Put it on your calendar, in your planner, and on your phone. Have arrangements made for your kids well ahead of time if you need to. Schedule meetings, etc., around your training time, and stick with it.
9. BREAK UP YOUR TRAINING INTO SECTIONS IF YOU NEED TO
Walk, or run stairs at work during a 10-15 minute break. Talk a brisk walk during lunch, 20 minutes here and there are far better than no minutes anywhere. You might be surprised at how much you can accomplish in just a few minutes.
10. INVEST IN A GOOD SET OF BANDS, DVD'S, EXERCISE BALL, AND WEIGHTS
So your babysitter didn't show up? No worries, take out your bands, throw in a DVD, use your ball and weights. These items are relatively inexpensive when purchasing them a bit at a time. If I were to invest in a particular order, it would be bands first, then DVD's, a ball, and then weights.
As you can see, there are many ways to cut some time here and there. You just needed to know where to look to ‘find’ it!!!
Have a super week!