Make the Time for Exercise!
Nov 14, 2011 - 6:02:10 AM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The saying "Don't Put Off For Tomorrow, What You Can Do Today" is true for many things including our health & fitness regimen. Since we're about to enter the holiday season we may find it hard to get to the gym. We may also find ourselves eating and drinking more? Well, I suggest that we "Make the Time" instead of trying to find the time, this way we can avoid gaining that infamous holiday weight. And we can start now!
Yes, it's almost the holiday season with Thanksgiving in two weeks. Soon we'll be shopping, traveling, eating, drinking, eating, and eating; okay, we'll be busy! But why do some of us exercise all year long and why do some of us lose our motivation especially during busy times? I believe that there is no secret or magic will- power but just habit along with a few tools that can help to keep us going. I always think about this when someone comments on my being in great shape even through my sport injuries. I usually reply by saying " it took my making the time, making my exercise a routine that is, a priority" (of course I say thank you first!). I'm glad I made it a habit because when I don't exercise, something feels out of whack. Now, the folks who know me usually say "but June, you're in the gym all the time". While this is true most days, I can't wait to leave the gym cause I'm in it too much! But my motto really is "consistency is key" not perfection, so let's think about making the time because there's always some reason or occasion to skip.
When I first started to exercise I never thought about the amount of time or commitment it would take for me to shape up, but looking back now, I realize it was a process and not an overnight one at that. I'm just glad that I started and I didn't over- think it. And I'm glad that even during busy times, I make the time even if the amount of time is much less, because consistency did give me some results (click on my photo book cover and read more of my story, if you're curious!). Here then are a few things we can remind ourselves during this holiday season when we're more likely to skip.
It's Not about "All or Nothing at all". If we get to the gym late, it's better than not at all. If we shorten our exercise session, it's better than not exercising at all. If we miss one day, then making it to next our exercise session is better than not exercising at all. Each thing we do and each thing we accomplish, become successes in their own right. This includes keeping our exercise routine going even when we shorten it. I always tell myself and my clients that consistency counts, not perfection!
Make it a Priority. Taking care of our health is almost like having a jealous lover (I bet this sounds weird), it requires our time and effort. We may want to feel better, look better and be healthier, but do we make it a priority more times than not? Sometimes we just can't have it all! So if we're trying to burn the candle at both ends, we may need to decide where our priorities lie. Examples of not prioritizing enough? Examples might be when we try to stay too late at the party, go to too many parties, have one drink too many, try to do everything and aim for perfection at everything. Maybe we can skip one workout, and one party instead of going to all the parties and no workouts?
They Can't All Be Gems. Again, another way of saying this one is "There is No Such Thing as Perfection". When we're tired we can work out less intensely, but we can still burn some of those extra calories from last night's party, can't we?
Watch Out for Gimmicks. Programs that offer life changing results in a short amount of time are mostly offering magic. Life changes take time, so while starting out slowly, or making small changes may not offer quick results, they are the changes most likely to last. We do want to get off the start and stop merry -go- round, don't we?
So whatever our health & fitness goals are, however long we think it will take to reach them, we can keep it going this coming holiday season. Not only will we be taking steps that make us feel better now, we will be increasing our chance for long- term success at improving our health and fitness in the new year. If we can do it now, we can continue to do it all year long! For more about my tools, follow me on twitter; I post a new tool every Sunday.
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Let's Make the Time!
June M. Lay M.S.
For those over 40 or with medical considerations, please see your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
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