Life. There are lots of things we all have in common, and some we never will share with one another. There is one thing though that we all have each and every day.
Time. The gift of time.
24 hours in a day, 1440 minutes in that day, 7 days a week.
Sometimes, our time is already plotted out for us…work, sleep, travel, kids, cooking, eating etc.
However, I’d be willing to say that for all of us, we do have a measure of time in our days for random things we choose to do. You know, things that helps us relax or unwind…our leisure time.
Yet, do you know what the biggest thing is I hear from people when talking with them about their health and fitness goals?
I don’t have time for exercise.
I mean.. I’m not gonna argue with them on that…but… let’s think through things that are time guzzlers…
Hanging out on Facebook or any other computer activity
TV or movie watching
Going out for drinks or to the club
Hobbies or other personal activities
Now hear me… there’s absolutely nothing wrong with any of these activities. I’m just saying… you really do have time in your day… for what matters to you.
We will always make time for things we want to do, enjoy, or have fun with.
I speak from a place of experience and a place of having once not prioritized exercise in my life.
There was always something else to do or more important than exercise.
I learned I had to be as disciplined about scheduling it as I do my dental and doctor appointments and coffee meetings with friends. Truthfully, when making appointments now, I mentally balance the timing to see if I can get my workout in, clean up, and arrive on time.
Seem crazy? No more so than trying to balance another appointment or activities in the workings of my day.
What I had to learn in my (personal allotted 24 hours) was where could I best place my workout time in that day so I could get it done?
For me, during early mornings, people are less likely to be making demands on me and my time. During marathon training, getting up in the early dark morning hours ensured I got my very long runs in. I also learned that even though my intentions of doing it “later” or “after supper” were good, the probability of it happening was small.
There were to many demands later in my day. People were awake and needing things. I didn’t feel as energetic ( yeah I know, weird. I can be on the road at 6 a.m. and have a decent energy level, but not so much so at 6 pm. haha)
After taking a look at how my days rolled, what my obligations were, it was easy to start placing my workouts into my allotted time.
Morning was it for me. I rolled out of bed and into my exercise clothes. For years it was getting kids off to school, then getting after it. Many mornings, I was up earlier to get it done while people were still sleeping. Now everyone is bigger and gets off to work and school without my help, I can adjust my time back a little more.
Not only do I get it done, I feel so energetic and SO accomplished getting a good workout in. It sets the tone for my day. When I don’t get to do it, honestly, now it makes me feel “off” and out of sorts.
I guess that’s a good place for me to be now haha
Has it taken discipline to do this? You bet it has. Has it taken time and consistency to train myself into this new “habit”? That goes without saying. But that discipline has also carried over into other areas of my life so I view that as a win/win thing.
So, my challenge to you dear reader, is this.
If you find yourself in this place I’d encourage you to sit down and really look at your week, your activities, appointments etc.
Then consider your daily strengths. Are you a morning person or do you hit your stride more midday or does the evening bring you to life?
Based on your strengths and your daily activities, where do you need to put your “you time”?
Some days might require a little more creative planning. That’s ok. That’s life.
There are occasional days in my life that feel like a runaway train and it just doesn’t happen. I will tell you though, those days are very rare. Again, it all comes back to the fact this has become a disciplined habit for me now.
You have the same 24 hours every day. You really do have time for purposeful exercise to support your busy daily life. It’s up to you to creatively plan and make it happen.
You can do it… and will feel so accomplished when you do =)
Tell me, have you done time management to get your workouts in?