We all have great intentions when it comes to exercise. If you are like most people, you make a decision to exercise, probably even announce your intention.
Perhaps you go and buy exercise equipment, or get a gym membership and even buy workout clothes.
Then something happens! Suddenly you have no time for exercise or even worse the desire for exercise fades.
Adding something new into our daily schedule is somewhat difficult. We really need to commit to finding the time and then following through on actually doing the activity. Being stuck in a pattern is not going to get us to the gym or even a walk around the block.
Here are Some Tips to Get You Started Exercising
- Start with a Goal and Write it Down: If you have a calendar add your intention in dark red ink. If you would rather add it to your phone, then set up a reminder. Pick a date to get started and mark it in your calendar on the days you plan on exercising. When you write something down you make a commitment to get the job done!
- What can you replace in Your Schedule: Instead of trying to add one more thing into your already hectic schedule, take a look at the schedule and see what you can move to another time or delete altogether? Replacing time watching TV or being on social media with exercise will not only make you feel better, but you will look better as well. If you can’t find time during the week for exercise, then plan on getting some on the weekends.
- Making Changes in Your Schedule: Can you go to bed 20 or 30 minutes later or even get up 20 or 30 minutes earlier? Use this time for exercise. If you do this three times a week you will be able to add exercise into our schedule. This could have an impact on your whole day!
- Can You Give Something Up: When starting a new goal, it is important to see if you can give up something of value for something with a more pressing need. Exercise is that pressing need. Giving up some time sleeping or time on the computer or TV isn’t really a sacrifice is it?
- Finding Time on Your Lunch Hour: What do you do on your lunch hour? Do you eat at your desk and check out your email or social media sites? Instead, go for a 30 minute walk or even 30 minutes at the gym. Take the other 30 minutes to eat lunch and whatever else you need to do. You will be glad you found the time.
Finding time to exercise is not a matter of not having the time. It is just a matter of scheduling exercise like any other appointment in your calendar. It may take some time to incorporate this in your daily schedule, but after a while it will be a habit you glad you started.