Did you follow through on your New Year's fitness resolutions? If you didn't, it's still not too late to reach that goal. Here are some tips to help you fit fitness into your day, and make good on your fitness goal.
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There's so much going on in the beginning of the year including New Year's resolutions. The most common New Year's resolutions include changes in exercise and fitness, finances, drinking and smoking. Although each is important, taking on an fitness resolution requires time, which puts it in its own category.
Fitting in exercise is not like quitting smoking. Doing both have excellent health benefits, but fitting in exercise means you must "fit-it-in" during the day.
Making time for a goal like exercise and fitness is actually a resolution on time management, since most people's lives are hectic. The extra time it takes to exercise is doable, though. It's a matter of shifting things around until you create the right schedule for you.
Although we're a quarter of a way through the year it doesn't mean you should wait until next year to start exercising.
How much time do you waste?
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Do you waste time, or are you a procrastinator?This can certainly make the difference with fitting fitness into your day.
For instance, I've got two children, and work from home, and I even waste time. There are moments I get stuck on Facebook or writing e-mails that can certainly wait. I'm also a procrastinator for some tasks; which not only decreases exercise time [if I'm not careful], but increases stress because I'm running behind.
Instead of wasting time on Texas Hold'em or other frivolous games on Facebook, use that time to do household chores or errands. That will open up time to exercise.
Early to bed, early to rise
Though it's best to work with your natural biological clock, for most people it's a good idea to exercise early in the morning before work or school, but even that is difficult. Why? Because many people don't go to bed early enough, or get enough sleep. For example, are you staying up hours after your kids go to bed? If you are, it's time to make some adjustments.
Although it's tough, I go to bed when my kids go to bed at 8:00 p.m. and wake at 3:30 a.m. during pre-contest prep, but you can see I get seven to eight hours of sleep this way, and have time for cardiovascular training. When I'm not in the in-season I don't wake until 5:30 a.m. That's nearly 10 hours of sleep, and I feel fully rested to exercise later in the day.
Reschedule your schedule
It's obvious that you have to reschedule your schedule to make time for exercise, but rescheduling should not be a life-changing event. It's still about time management. After some time, it becomes part of your regular schedule and part of a healthy lifestyle.
Every day exercise might not be feasible for your lifestyle, but are you trying to be fit, or training for a competitive sport? If you're not a competitive athlete do the best to get in any exercise. When you can add more exercise into your week-- Just Do It. Then, work your way up to the ACSM's recommended exercise guidelines.
Limit the needy people in your life
This is very tough, but sometimes you need to exclude certain people from your life to create more time for you. Your family needs you, but there is a difference between being needed and a friend who is down-right needy. Being around needy people zaps your energy, and can tire you out. Reduce the time spent with needy friends, and use that energy to exercise.
Time Management Video Tip
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