How to Fit Exercise Into Your Life
There are 2 things you need to remember regarding the proper mindset for exercise and physical sense.
#1 – You need to stop thinking of exercise as exercise.
#2 – You need to figure out your big “Why?”.
#1 – Exercise doesn’t have to be lifting weights in a smelly gym full of intimidating bodybuilders. And you don’t have to run 5 miles at a time, or join expensive health clubs.
Simply put, you need to forget the word “exercise”. Think “physical activity” instead of exercising or working out. Because honestly, being moderately to intensely physically active on a regular basis is all you need to enjoy the fat-burning, muscle-building, body-toning, head-turning benefits of physical fitness.
Just 2.5 hours of moderate to intense physical activity weekly (walking briskly, playing with your kids or grand-kids, practicing yoga or pilates, cycling or hiking) is all the “exercise” you need to work into your busy schedule.
#2 – Salespeople are instructed to talk about benefits instead of features when they are trying to get a prospective customer to make a purchase. That is because people do not buy things, they buy what those things do for them.
You never buy a drill bit, you are buying the hole that the drill bit makes. So use this “what’s in it for me” truism to your advantage. Discover the real reason you want to get fit and in shape.
This is your big “Why?”, And it is extremely powerful. Maybe you want to spend as much time as possible with your grandchildren. Perhaps you are tired of being sick and tired. You may even want to drop the weight and get in shape to attract your dream partner, to feel good when you look in the mirror, one enjoy the compliments you receive when you look and feel fabulous.
Whatever it is, discover the “Why?” that motivates your fitness efforts. Then it’s simple to find the time in your busy lifestyle to stay active.
Discovering your “Why”
You know you need more exercise in your life, because you understand the amazing benefits it provides:
• You burn fat and regulate a healthy body weight
• You have natural energy at your availability whenever you need it
• You enjoy a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and other heart conditions
• You are less likely to contract diabetes
• You sleep better, leading to better productivity in everything you do
• Your body enjoys an extreme resistance to cancer and arthritis
• Your mind and memory are sharper, keeping depression at bay
• You live longer, and in a much healthier state
• You look and feel better
So if all of those amazing benefits are delivered by as little as 2.5 hours of physical exertion every week, why aren’t you exercising enough? Anyone in their right mind would love to enjoy the benefits we just mentioned.
So, what exactly do you need to do to fit exercise into your busy lifestyle?
You need to make regular exercise a priority. You do that by changing the way you think about physical fitness. By continually reminding yourself of the health benefits exercise delivers, making it a habit becomes a simple mental exercise.
And by the way, you don’t have to find that much time to become physically fit. Just 30 minutes of physical exertion 5 times a week is all you need to experience the wonderful mind and body benefits exercise delivers.
Keep following us for more posts in the future on how to really go about fitting exercise around your busy lifestyle.
Making It A Healthy Habit
Did you know that your brain is both smart and lazy? Really. That is just the way it works. Anything and everything that your mind can put on an automatic, unconscious basis reduces the amount of stress and work on your brain.
This is smart, because it means that your brain does not have to work as hard. That means it is always ready if it needs to make quick decisions that are not a part of your daily routine.
Think about it. Do you drive the same way to work every day? Maybe you take the same route when you head to a friend’s house, or when you go grocery shopping. Have you ever arrived at your destination and not even recalled much of the journey?
This is a common occurrence. It is because your mind can “take over” and switch to autopilot things which it notices you do regularly. That is all that habit is. It is simple to use this knowledge to your benefit concerning physical fitness.
Consciously schedule 2.5 or more physically active hours each week. Try to stick to a consistent schedule for at least 4 to 6 weeks. You will eventually find yourself automating that healthy behavior, turning your conscious efforts into unconscious habits.
The key is consistency, and performing several weeks of physical activities in a row before your mind puts your physical fitness on autopilot.
Turning on a light switch, tying your shoes and feeding your pet. These are common, everyday examples of how your brain turns routine actions into habit. Make consistent physical activity a part of your new routine, and it will become a healthy habit that delivers amazing benefits.
Finding the Time
Remember that, when it comes to staying fit and healthy, all you need to do is find the minimum 2.5 hours for staying active every week.
You can hit the treadmill while watching your weekly reality show. Jog while listening to a podcast or your favorite music. Get up out of your computer chair at work and stand during conference calls or when checking email. Prioritize several 15 to 30 minute physical activity sessions each week.
Do you spend 30 or 40 minutes each morning reading the newspaper or watching television before you head to work? How about Monday, Wednesday and Friday you schedule 30 minutes of physical activity instead? This still allows you to enjoy 2 days a week catching up on the news, and you benefit from 1.5 hours of physical fitness.
The same goes for the end of your work day. Schedule 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity on Tuesday and Thursday after work each week. Coupled with your morning regimen Monday, Wednesday and Friday, that gives you the 2.5 hours of physical activity you need every week.
This is just one example. You know your personal schedule. And if you are honest with yourself, you can find ten 15 minute or five 30 minute time periods in your weekly routine that can be used to help you achieve your physical fitness goals.
Just remember why you are getting in shape and staying fit, develop a plan at the beginning of every week, write that plan down and take action.
What to Do Next
You can read all you like about exercise, why it’s so important and how to fit it into your life.
But now it’s time to take action.
All the physical fitness knowledge in the world won’t help you if you do not get up out of your chair. You are armed with a proven method for fitting exercise into the busiest of schedules. Even the most time-pressed road warriors can find 2.5 hours of wasted time in their weekly schedules.
Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest and drink lots of water, and your new physically active habits can deliver a truly astounding physical and mental transformation in a very short period of time.
Time is not promised to any of us. You are not guaranteed next month, next week or even tomorrow. So get started today, prioritizing your time for enjoyable physical activities like cycling, yoga, hiking, Pilates or playing sports with your family.
Those simple activities, performed on a consistent basis, will eventually become a beautiful habit that makes you healthier, stronger and sharper. You will also feel and look great.
The choice is up to you. Continue doing what you have been doing, and 1 year, 5 years and 10 years from now you will be the same as you are right now. Or you can prioritize just 2.5 hours of physical activity out of the 168 hours of living you do every week, and live longer, happier and healthier.