Five simple ideas that you can use to find time to exercise
When it comes to exercise, we all have good intentions. First, we make a decision to exercise, next we announce it to the world, and finally, we decide to go all out and purchase new equipment, clothing, or even a gym membership. Then something happens, or rather does not happen. We cannot seem to find the time or the desire to finish what we wholeheartedly started.
Whenever we incorporate something new into our life, whether it is diet or exercise, we must first realize that it is, in fact, new. We must incorporate a new habit into our lives on a daily basis. And, therein lies the problem. We are so stuck in our patterns that we do not even begin to know how to add something else onto our to-do list.
Put It in Writing
Put the word exercise or Zumba or Combat Arts on your calendar in bright red ink. Pick a date and time every week and put it everywhere from a phone reminder to an email to yourself.
Putting things in writing seems to have a commitment to accomplish that task attached to it.
Review and Replace
Rather than trying to cram one more thing into an already hectic schedule, examine that schedule and see what you can delete and replace with your new-found love of exercise.
Perhaps an hour of Facebook time or game playing on the computer can be deleted and exercise put in its place. Do these things only on the weekends and free up some time for exercise during the week.
Take a Good Look at Your Schedule
Perhaps you could go to bed 30 minutes earlier, three times per week and get up 30 minutes earlier three times per week. Not only will you see that this minor shift will give you the extra time in the morning, but it will change the entire outlook of your day.
It’s well documented that most high-powered individuals rise early each morning, generally 5:30, and spent an hour and a half exercising, meditating and setting the intent for their day ahead.
Give Something Up
Often when we want to achieve a new goal we fall short because we are not willing to give something up.
We want to add this new goal to an already packed calendar. Perhaps, giving up Happy Hour every other Friday or giving up sleeping late two Saturdays per month will do the trick.
Maybe it’s time to take a good long hard look at your lunch hour.
Is there any way that you could take 30 minutes for a brisk walk and then the other 30 to actually eat something?
The phone calls you were going to make or emails you were going to send will still be there waiting for you in an hour’s time.
Whether you realize it or not, finding more time to exercise is not simply a matter of time, it is a matter of practice, thinking, and creating as well. When you have the incentive, you will find the time.
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