Tuesday, March 26, 2013

No time to work out? Schedule it in!

Most people find that their schedule is not only full, it's overly full! Whether it's long hours at work, kids to care for, or simply too many chores, most people forgo a trip to the gym to make room for other activities.

"I just don't have time" is a common excuse for why people don't exercise regularly. The best tool to fix this problem: schedule exercise time! Whether it's two times a week or five, make it a priority to take care of yourself and your health. Make this time as long or as short as you need it to be for the moment - there's no shame in a quick 20 minutes of activity. Also, don't think that this time needs to be spent in a gym torturing yourself in a spin class. Start small! Start with walking, or taking a leisurely bike ride. Once this scheduled exercise time becomes more of a habit than a chore, start challenging yourself. Maybe make it a goal to run for half of your normally scheduled walk time, increase the overall time of your work out, or maybe just fit in another scheduled work out session per week.

Remember, you cannot fully care for another person until you care for yourself. Take some time out of your schedule a few times a week and you'll notice increased energy, better mood, and improved quality of sleep.

Now get off this blog, click on your calendar and start scheduling!