You CAN Make Fitness a Priority

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Do's and Dont's, Inspiration | 14 comments

You CAN Make Fitness a Priority

When I ask friends, family, or new clients why they don’t work out on a regular basis their answer is almost always “I don’t have the time.”  Making time to work out is an obstacle that everyone faces.   If you can find a way to change your attitude about exercising you’ll find it much easier, almost effortless, to fit physical activity into your daily routine.

We tell ourselves we don’t have time to fit health and fitness into our busy lives.  That is where the problem lies.  It’s not about squeezing fitness into your life when and if you have the time, it’s about unconsciously making health and fitness part of your day like brushing your teeth or walking the dog.   Make an effort to follow the tips below and before you know it working out will become a habit.


Do This:


DO put exercise at the top of your TO DO list.
Figure out what time of the day you have the most energy.  Some people can hop out of bed before work and are ready to crash by the time they get home at night and for some it’s the opposite.  Maybe you have time on your lunch break to fit in a brisk walk or a circuit.  Put it on your list of stuff to do for the day, schedule when you have time to do it, and cross it off when you’re done like anything else.
DO get creative about getting your workouts in.
Break your workouts into 20 min intervals if you have to.  Maybe you have time to do 20 min of strength training in the morning, a 20 minute brisk walk at lunch, and 20 minutes of running after work.  Find what works for you.
DO stay motivated by tracking your fitness on your smart phone or calendar.
Whether you track your workouts  and results in a calendar/notebook or you utilize an app on your cell phone, you will be much more motivated if you can see your results.  It is also helpful to look back and analyze your results against your workouts and see what is working and what isn’t.
DO try a new activity or class and break out of your comfort zone.
Nothing is worse than being bored while you’re working out.  If you don’t enjoy what you are doing,  you are much less likely to continue doing it.  If you find that your workouts are getting stale then it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.  Pick up some new dance moves at a zumba class, work up a sweat in a spinning class, or try running a different route in your neighborhood.
DO try to plan ahead and have a plan B.
Classes get canceled, the weather doesn’t cooperate or you sleep through your alarm; these things happen.  If you have a plan B in place you will be less likely to lose out on that day’s physical activity.

Not That:


DON’T set yourself up for failure.
If you want to become a runner don’t tell yourself that you are going to run 4 miles on your first day and then get discouraged when you fail.  Start slow, tell yourself you’ll run a half mile and then walk a half mile and repeat.  Gradually increase the distance and  eventually you will be running that 4 miles.
DON’T get intimidated or embarrassed.
There will always be someone running faster than you or lifting heavier weights.  Don’t let them intimidate you or make you feel like you’re not good enough.  No matter how slow you go… you’re still lapping that person lounging on the couch!
DON’T forget to have a support system.
Find a workout buddy!  Plan your workouts with a friend and hold each other accountable.  You will be less likely to skip a workout if it means standing up a good friend!
DON’T adopt the “all or nothing” mentality.
Just because you don’t have time to fit in an hour workout doesn’t mean you should just skip exercising all together for the day. Fit it in wherever you can.  The same concept applies to your weekly workouts;  if you don’t have time to workout every day don’t use that as an excuse to just skip the whole week.
DON’T dwell on the workout you missed yesterday!
Focus on working twice as hard tomorrow.


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