When I speak with people and they tell me that they can’t “find” the time to work out… my first thought is that if you wait to find the time then you will never get around to it. Most of us have more obligations than we have free time, so if we wait to have more time then probably won’t happen. “Waiting” to find time means it is not high enough on your priority list, however if you commit to MAKING the time, then you now control your destiny. So if you’re truly committed to MAKING the time to get FIT then here are some tips that might just help you do so:
1.) Multi-tasking can be a helpful tool, but not all the time. I find that highly important or critical tasks, can often require real concentration and the results can suffer if you are not giving things their necessary attention. So when there is a Key project, rather than spreading yourself thin and trying to do too many things at once, close your door, shut off your email and concentrate until the task is done. You might find that the project gets done more quickly and accurately. Save the multi-tasking for tasks that require less focus.
2.) Are there some TV shows you just can’t live without? Well if that is the case then consider recording them (i.e. DVR) did you know that commercials make up for 18- 20 minutes for every hour? So you can cut that “Must see” show down from 60 minutes to approximately 40 minutes. And if possible, maybe even get in some cardio during your favorite show… record it and then play it while you hop on the stationary bike, treadmill or elliptical.
3.) At the start of each week, look through your calendar and SCHEDULE 3-4 workouts in the week. Maybe some days you have late meetings or evening commitments, so rather than leaving the workouts to chance, see where you can actually schedule them either first thing in the AM or over your lunch break. For me Monday mornings are one of my best times to workout. I commit to it before retiring on Sunday night and fit in 30-40 minutes before showering and heading off to work. I can’t do that all mornings but when I can, I sure love the feeling that it’s done and I don’t have to worry about making time for it in the evening.
4.) Be decisive. Learn to deal with items as they crop up, make a decision and move on. For instance, if you receive an invitation in the mail, decide if you can and will attend, RSVP, block it on your schedule and move on. The party giver will greatly appreciate not having to follow up to get a response and you won’t need to “remember” to deal with it again later.
5.) Get organized. How much time is lost looking for lost items such as your keys, purse, etc. Develop a system of storing items in the same place all the time and putting things away immediately. Think of the time you’ll save not hunting down car keys, gloves and jackets each morning. Keeping your house neat and organized also means less time putting items away that were just left on a chair, rather than in the closet or laundry bin.
6.) Think about mixing family time and workout time. We often work out as a family as it means we are doing something meaningful together and at a young age you are showing your kids the value of good health. Our kids are grown now, but when they visit we often still workout together as a way of staying connected and spending a little extra time together. What is the old saying…? “Misery loves company”. There is something to be said for getting through it together!
Make a commitment to yourself and better health and MAKE time for exercise.