If the biggest barrier getting in between you and your workout is that you don’t have time, it’s time to make time!
There is never going to be a day when you wake up and are handed a huge pile of extra time to do as you wish, and which you can commit to using for your workout.
We all have 24 hours in the day, and you can totally make that work in your favour and use some of it to prioritize your workout and health.
To help you do that, here are 3 habits or tips you can try out to get you started:
Do It Now
A big thing that depletes your productivity is procrastination. If you know you tend to be the procrastinating type, whether that is that you procrastinate your workout, or procrastinate other tasks and then can’t fit in your workout, adopt the do it now mentality. The methodology is simple: if it is a task at hand that you can do in 5 minutes or less, don’t put it off, just do it now. Or better yet, that five minutes that you spend scrolling Instagram, watching a YouTube video, or sucked into Facebook, you can use to tackle one simple 5-minute task. Add these all up, and by the end of the day, you have 20-30 minutes to go for a run!
It’s Not All or None
Recognize that when it comes to working out, something is always better than nothing. It doesn’t have to be an hour or bust for your gym visit, or a 5km run or nothing for your run time. Instead, be flexible with your time: you can do your workout in 3 twenty-minute sessions, one before work, one at the office at lunchtime, and one after work. You can split it up and do half on your own and half with your kids so that you get both your alone time and time with your kids. Be flexible and you’ll get results.
Is it a Priority?
While some people say they want to work out or go to the gym or head out daily on a run, their words and actions don’t line up. If you really want to work out and seek to improve your health and wellness, it needs to be something you prioritize and put at the top of your list. This means putting it in your calendar and blacking off a time for it like you would a meeting. This means saying no to things that are going to interfere with the time you have blocked off, and it means being strong when you receive pressure from others who say “you can miss this one day,” or. “it’s okay if you skip your workout tonight to come to dinner with us.” When you differentiate between making your workout a priority and making it just another thing on your to do list, the scene of whether or not you get it done starts to look different.
While it is true that there will be days that time isn’t on your side, when you try to get things done so that you can prioritize your workout and break it up into chunks that you can fit into your schedule, pretty soon you’ll see that it is easier to accomplish than you realize!
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By: Laura Peill, RHN, BScH – Viand Nutrition