Finding Time For Fitness
Do you find it difficult to make time to work out in your busy schedule? Do you look at your workout clothes with guilty longing and wish that you just had “more time”?
Using these five easy steps, you can incorporate physical fitness into your daily routine – no matter how busy you are!
1. Make It Time For You
The first thing you need to do is create a positive attitude about your physical fitness. Many people place fitness at the bottom of their priority list. Doctors recommend that healthy adults obtain at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on 5 or more days a week, for a total of at least 150 minutes a week. This level of activity will keep you healthy and able perform at your peak in all areas. Physical fitness is just as important as all of the other things that you do in your day, so make it a priority. It is time for you and you deserve it!
Make small goals for increasing your time. You don’t have to go from 0 to 150 minutes in just one week. Perhaps make it your goal to increase your fitness time by just twenty to thirty minutes each week until you are at the recommended time.
2. Make An Appointment
When you schedule something with an important client, you make sure to block that time out in your calendar. Do the same for your exercise regime. Try to keep that time sacred and don’t double-book yourself. Exercise is a habit, so try to keep a similar schedule each week. This article talks more about making a healthy habit of physical fitness.
3. Keep Accountable
When you are having a busy day, it can be tempting to push exercise off your schedule. But if you are slated to run with a friend or take part in a class you have paid for, you are more likely to make the time.
If you are technologically motivated, why not try using your smart phone to keep you on track? You can find iphone apps and android apps that will guide you through keeping fit. Many of these apps will link to other social media outlets, like Facebook or Twitter, which gives you extra motivation knowing that your friends and family will be following your progress.
4. Set Your Alarm
If you put your workout at the end of the day, you are more likely to ditch it when things get busy. If you exercise first thing in the morning, you’ll benefit from the endorphins all day long and you’ll get a lot of satisfaction from having accomplished your workout so early in the day.
5. Make It Easy & Exciting
Pick a gym that is on your way home from work or near to the places where you spend the majority of your time. If going to the gym takes too much time, then look at good work out videos to do at home. Do you travel extensively? Look into staying at hotels that offer gyms onsite or joining a gym with multiple locations nationwide.
You don’t need to run on a treadmill or lift weights to get in shape. If that’s not your thing, then try some alternative forms of physical fitness. Take a dance class, participate in a team sport, or coach your child’s soccer team.
Not sure what kind of activity would work best for you? Try this quiz to determine your fitness personality and sign up for something that matches your likes and dislikes.
Remember that physical fitness is as important as any of the other activities that you fit into your busy life – perhaps more so, as it will keep you able to do all of those other things. So make time for yourself and reap the benefits!
This is a guest post written by Kathryn Henry, a writer for TeachStreet. TeachStreet is a website that provides online and local classes, including zumba classes.