Fitness should be a part of our everyday lives, it should be a constant on our “to do” lists. Whether you’re a working parent or a single professional, finding time to meet all of your commitments every day is tough. If you’re like most of us, you’re often so busy doing things for your family, your friends, and your job that you forget to take care of yourself.
On those rare occasions when you do have “me” time, what do you do? Watch TV or update your Facebook page. Sure, it’s great to unwind, and it’s important to socialize, too, but don’t forget your health. Working through an at-home fitness program should be among your top priorities.
Why should you commit to regular exercise? Because it’s good for you! And as you become fitter and stronger, you’ll have more energy and stamina to do the things you love—for yourself and others.
Make a list and honestly evaluate it.
If you think your life is too busy for regular workouts, make a list of what you do each day. Evaluate each activity, and then weed out the ones that add little or no value to your life.Does watching reality TV reruns really make you happy? Do you need to spend that many hours playing video games each week? Maybe you’d have more fun—and feel better about yourself—if you danced off pounds with Turbo Jam or challenged yourself with P90X plyometrics.
Some downtime activities you’ll want to keep. If you love the hour you spend over lunch with friends, don’t give it up in order to exercise. There’s value in socializing with the people you care about. But if you’re winding down after work each day by munching chips as you watch old episodes of Seinfeld, replace that meaningless half hour with two or three 10 Minute Trainer routines. Once working out becomes your new habit, you’ll be glad you changed.
Set your priorities.
Once you’ve narrowed your list to the valuable activities you love, make one addition: working out at home. Then set your priorities.As you do so, don’t forget that a healthy lifestyle includes both good nutrition and regular exercise. Is your stop at the coffee shop every morning for a donut and a fattening caffeinated drink really in your best interests? Probably not. Cross it off your list, or reduce it to a once-a-week rather than a daily occurrence.
How important is working out to you? That depends on how much you care about your health now—and in the future. After all, eating well and staying active today will impact your life for the better tomorrow.
Do the right thing.
When you were a kid, you probably hated wearing your bike helmet. But when you wiped out going down that big hill, weren’t you glad you had it on? I bet you fought with your parents over eating your vegetables and brushing your teeth, too. And doing homework? What a drag!—until you carried home a good report card.
Often, as adults, we’re just as bad as children. We balk at doing what’s best for ourselves. It’s just human nature, I guess. Of course, after we do the right thing, we’re glad that we did.
As you’re making your resolutions for the New Year, don’t forget to find time to be healthy. Make sure that your priorities include an at-home fitness program with a sound nutrition plan as well as effective workouts. You’ll be glad you did.