It’s all well and good to know that you should try get some form of exercise in every day. Just as we know we should aim to eat far more leafy green vegetables. And that if we cleaned a bit of our house every single day it would make the Saturday weekly house clean a much simpler task. However the truth of the matter is that our lives are BUSY. Like, that-mom-from-the-movie-“I don’t know how she does it” –busy. Gosh, I know I sit down at the end of the day and breathe a huge sigh of relief when I finally get to stop. And I don’t even have kids!
But enough with the excuses. Let’s reiterate this one point again - We know how important regular exercise is for our health and wellbeing. There really is no way around this. Our body requires regular movement to function well, let alone at its best. For a lot of us, this time to move our body is also a time for our mind to unwind. It’s hard to think of the million things you have yet to do in the day when you are puffing so loudly your neighbours are starting to throw anxious glances over your back fence.
So how do we fit it in? How do we make exercise a priority when we could be using that time to sort out dinner for the family? Or cramming in that final bit of study before an exam? Or finally responding to the 10 pending messages on your phone? Throw away the list of excuses and try some of my top tips:
First, MAKE it a priority. Like brushing your teeth. You wouldn’t leave the house or go to sleep at the end of the day without having brushed your teeth, would you? (hopefully…). Put exercise on that same pedestal – don’t go to sleep without having moved your body at some point during the day. And here’s the catch – it doesn’t have to be long! Or big! Or fancy! Gosh, jump down and do 20 burpees on your living room floor right now! That’s enough to get your heart rate up, a sweat going and get a lot of the benefits that come with regular exercise.
Incorporate it into something else- multitask! Now this isn’t my favourite tip as I do like exercise as a time out tool BUT, instead of finally managing to squeeze in that long overdue catch up with your best friend over a cup of coffee, catch up for a walk along the beach instead. Or instead of just throwing bub up and down when playing, do a squat holding bub and then give them a little throw in the air. Or play hide and seek that involves running to a ‘home base’ when you get found.
Schedule it into your diary as you would all your other ‘To-Do’s and tick it off. If you’re a planner then do just that- PLAN to exercise. Put a reminder in your phone or in your diary so that it becomes part of your daily to do schedule. Set aside an amount of time that is scheduled for your “MOVE time”. Do a quick workout in your living room, go to the gym, race down to the beach for a jump in the ocean, spend 5 mins on the skipping rope. Whatever floats your exercise boat.
Finally, find your trigger. What is the one thing that works for you to hold you accountable? Is it making a plan with a friend to meet her at the gym in the morning to prevent you from sleeping in? (guilt can be a wonderful trigger!). Is it doing bikram yoga because it’s something you absolutely love and look forward to going to? Is it putting it in your diary so you can tick it off (organisational freaks – ahem). Trust me, you WILL have a trigger, you may just need a little help finding it.
Have a go trying those tips and see if you can slowly replace those excuses with ways to fit in some movement in your day. And if you are still struggling, then call me, let’s have a chat. I love problem solving and would be more than happy to help you figure out a way to get more movement into your day!
Peace happy homie.
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