If you’re like many other women out there, you have already made that oh-so-easy to make decision that you just don’t have the time to exercise. Why, there are the kids, your job, errands, chores, just being plain tired…these are all perfectly good reasons not to get that exercising into your day, right? Wrong! There is time; and we’re about to help you find it.
Managing Your Time
Anyone who has worked in a fair sized company, or any company at all for that matter, has probably had their share of experiences with time management. The concept of getting the most done in the least amount of time is something most companies strive for. It not only saves them money, it also allows them to see where there is time and/or resources being wasted.
Now, what if you were to apply these same tactics to your own daily life? Calculate how much down time you have, and how often you have it. This could be any amount of time you spend waiting on something, or someone. Such as the time it takes your assistant to draft the report you asked for. Or the time it takes for the casserole in the oven to finish cooking. It could even be that amount of time (however short it may seem) that your baby has finally fallen asleep for her nap. With enough though, I’m sure you can come up with, at the very least, 30 minutes a day where you have absolutely nothing life-threatening which needs to be done.
Is there any reason why you can’t make that chunk of time your personal exercise time? Nobody ever said you needed to work out 2 hours a day in order to keep fit. You just need to realize that time is available, and then you can schedule some exercise in to fill the slot.
What Type of Exercise do YOU like?
Think of an exercise that you don’t mind doing. It could be as simple as dancing or as complex as martial arts. The fact of the matter is, if you engage in a physical activity you enjoy, the chances are much more likely that you’ll stick to it. If you really aren’t fond of bicycle riding, I really can’t recommend that you choose that as a way to use your 30 minutes of exercise time. You’ll get tired of it, bored, discouraged…you’ll find any number of reasons NOT to have to go out there and ride that bicycle.
If you like to dance however, it will be much easier to keep up with this new routine of adding 30 minutes of physical activity to your day. Why? Because it’s human nature to make time to do the things we actually enjoy. Besides, dancing is an easy one. You can dance with your kids, you can dance around the kitchen while drying the dishes (ok, maybe not with the good china), or you can even dance while your ironing your husband’s shirts.
And do you want to know the best thing about exercise? It’s cumulative. Take your thirty minutes while ironing shirts, plus another fifteen there while you walk up and down the stairs with laundry baskets and it all beautifully adds up to an increase in your personal fitness level. There is absolutely no reason to let the factor of time be discouraging. Short bursts of more intense exercises often work better for overall fitness. So, if all you have is 10 minutes to spare, go for it, and give it all you’ve got. Run in place as fast as you can, or take the stairs at a faster pace, instead of waiting for the elevator. Just remember if you’re going for short, intense workouts to give it your all the entire time.
Making time for exercise might not be the easiest thing you do today, but it is probably the one which is the most necessary. Sit and think of where you can save a few minutes here and there from your schedule, and make yourself and your health an earnest commitment to use that time for exercise. Once your mind is set, and your habit well cemented into your lifestyle you will find additional opportunities for working out popping up all over the place!