Sometimes life can feel a little overwhelming and if you’re anything like me, you thrive on keeping busy and biting off almost more than you can chew. In fact most of us are so busy that in our sea of endless to do lists and appointments often times exercise is the first thing to get pushed aside. Balancing work, family and social life with a regular exercise routine can be tricky and the stress of everyday life can leave us feeling like doing anything but exercising. However, exercise just may be the key to making sure that all of the other pieces fall into place.
Not only does exercise make us look good, but it makes us feel good too. In fact, exercise, especially regular exercise, has the power to make us feel so good that we are better apt at handling the other aspects of our lives. When we exercise it not only reduces stress and helps us to be better mentally and physically equipped for life, it also boosts our self-efficacy, making us believe in our ability to get things done. After all, if we can get through a super hard workout, at 6 AM before a busy a day at work, we can handle just about anything that life may throw our way. If you believe it, you can do it.
So instead of letting a hectic life get the best of you and tossing your plans to exercise out the door, try these three tips to make exercise a priority in your life.
Stick to the Schedule-It’s easy to just float through the days, weeks, years getting to things as they arise, but that’s no way to make the most of your short time on this planet. We are awake for about 16 hours a day, the more of that time that you can plan, the more you will get done and the less time you’ll waste. It’s been said that highly successful people plan out every aspect of their day and let no time go to waste. Plan your days and make sure that exercise is on your schedule. If you think that your days are completely booked and there is no way to fit a workout in, think again. I’ve found that the best time to workout is first thing in the morning, even if the only way to get it done is to wake up a little earlier. Exercising first thing in the morning helps to set the tone for the rest of the day and can send you on a positive path toward finding balance in your life. Aside from scheduling your workout, write it down. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with checking tasks off of lists. Seeing something written down and marked off really helps me to feel productive, so find a time, write it down and do it-no excuses.
If you schedule it, you are more like to do it, especially if you write it down!
Be Passionate-I really can’t stand gyms. The thought of being on a treadmill for more than five minutes sounds like torture and I cringe at the thought of standing around lifting weights. It can be hard to be motivated to do something that you really don’t like doing, even though you know you should do it. So find something that you’re passionate about and make it your reason for getting up at 5 AM to get it done! One of the only ways that I have been able to make exercise a top priority in my life is by finding an activity that I absolutely love to do (I even managed to turn it into my job!) Maybe you like to play tennis, swim or mountain bike, so spend your time doing the things you love so that working out doesn’t feel like a chore. Whatever it is, you are more likely to stick to it if it’s something that you are passionate about doing.
Be Consistent-They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. So, one of the best things that you can do to make sure that you stick to your exercise routine is to make it a habit. Once you’ve got your workout in your schedule, be consistent. If possible you can try to schedule it for the same time on the same days. After a few weeks of crossing it off your list, your body will be on autopilot and know just what to do. Another added benefit of being consistent with your workouts is that your body will crave the endorphins that it produces when you exercises and you won’t feel right without making sure that you get some movement in!
Being healthy in both your mind and your body is key to being able to handle everything that life brings your way and exercise is definitely a major component. No matter how hectic your life may be, find the time to make exercise a top priority. Both your mind and your body will thank you.
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