HOW TO STAY ACTIVE ON A BUSY SCHEDULE
Do you also find that life just seems to be flying by, to the point you’re struggling to find time to stay fit?
You’re up early. You’re in meetings all day. You’re stuck in traffic. You have to drop off the kids at school or sports. You hardly have time to fit in lunch.
Does all this sound familiar?
It’s certainly my reality, but truth is, it comes down to me whether I’m able to train or not.
The reality is that “life” won’t stop for you or me, we need to find a way to fit in.
If you want to get fitter or begin your journey to a fitter you, I believe it comes down to:
“…someone busier than you is working out…”
Now that you’ve decided on the type of exercise you want to start, you need to remain disciplined and committed to it. If you can’t remember that you need to exercise, draw up a schedule or put meeting requests into your calendar so that you are reminded of this commitment. You have to treat it like you would any work-related meeting or any commitment you make that you don’t want to miss. Don’t go making excuses. It’s really easy to find a reason not to exercise.
You won’t run out I promise you!
Rather look for a reason to exercise!
Same way you find a way to move around your meetings when your dad or mom calls you for urgent support or your child’s school calls you … notice how you quickly find time on these occasions?
It’s how you need to see your training schedule. Don’t make any more excuses! Set your goal and work towards it. Be it to lose weight, or run or walk a 10km race whatever your goal may be, set it and stay focused on the end result.
When you start your sport or exercise make sure you are fully into it.
Don’t do it half-heartedly.
You won’t see the results you seek if your heart and mind aren’t in sync!
If you decide to run, run-walk-run if you must, but DO.NOT.QUIT.
You will be surprised at how quickly you will be running the whole distance in time. Get in at least 30-40 minutes of exercise to achieve the full benefit, but DO.NOT.DO.NOTHING! A little exercise is better than none. If you’re not a morning person, consider working out either during your lunch or after work. If you have to see to your child too, why not feed your child then take them with you to the gym. Most gyms today cater for children of all ages. Or get yourself an exercise pram to run with your child or a bike seat so they can go and ride with you too if they not riding their own bike yet.
Make sure you elevate that heart rate during your routine to between 60%-80%! It’s pointless working out but not raising your heart rate for the 30 minutes. Most of all, whatever workout you decide on make sure it’s something you will enjoy and pursue wholeheartedly. If it’s not FUN, look for another discipline that is or change whatever isn’t making it fun.
“…once you see results, it becomes an addiction…”
TRACKING AND MEASURING
You know how when your mates tell you they did something amaz-eee-ing, or how they met with some celebrity or other? The immediate response is normally, “where’s the pic“, right? Why? Because it’s our way of tracking and verifying what they claimed happened.
Technology has really made it easy for us to keep track of things, and exercising is no different.
If it’s not on Strava .. it didn’t happen!
This is especially true if you’re into Running, Swimming or Cycling. Strava tracks your efforts and updates your mates and followers of your amazing achievements. For me that’s just a small part of the app, a huge benefit for me is that it allows you to measure yourself and keep track of your progress. Alternatively, if you’re working out with a mate, use each other to stay motivated and to push each other to progress.
I find that I get super excited when I see that I beat my earlier time for the same distance, or that my pace is faster. If you opted for gym workouts, you need to keep a record of what you’re lifting, or how far you running on the treadmill, how many reps you are doing. Take a notebook with you and update it after each session. By tracking yourself, you get to see how you improving, or not.
In order for you to stay the course, you need to identify a sport or exercise that you’re really passionate about or as close to it.
Do you enjoy running, cycling, swimming, gym? I would select at least 3 and place them in the order of most to least favourite.
From the list which one most accommodates your current lifestyle and life commitments? Select one, and set 3 achievable goals for yourself and start working towards those goals. We’re so privileged to have so many events options that cater for the experienced, intermediate and the beginner, that there’s sure to be something for you.
Set weekly goals and stay focused.
When you least feel like working out, do it! You will be glad you did!
“… it comes down to one simple thing, HOW BAD DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL?“
It doesn’t matter how hectic your life seems, if you make the effort you will find the time for exercise.
Make fitness priority in your life.
Lead a healthier lifestyle and commit to staying fit!
Did you know that working out reduces feelings of depression and stress?