Work, kids, bills, debts? Don’t fret; you can still kick your fitness goals. Andy Anderson explains.
We’re expert jugglers these days. All of us are so busy, with so many things to look after: Work, kids, family, bills, obligations… the list goes on, and it can get overwhelming. When we have so much on our plate, inevitably, things get left behind. And what goes first? Too often, it’s our health and fitness.
This is detrimental to us and our loved ones. As I like to say, if we don’t put our own oxygen mask on first, we can’t help anyone else. We must make being our healthiest and fittest a priority if we wish to have the energy, mindset, health and well-being to do all we need to do to survive the hectic, fast-paced world in which we live.
And we can. It’s absolutely possible to get fit and stay healthy with a busy schedule – if you follow a very particular approach. There are ways to stay fit when you’ve got a million things going on but still want to maintain your health and fitness.
Here are the top four things to keep in mind:
Make a schedule and stick to it, rain or shine. If your health is really important to you, you’ll make time for it, even if it’s half an hour a day. I know, motivation is difficult to find, but I have a secret to share with you. Exercising balances out serotonin and dopamine, our feel good neurotransmitters, which uplifts our mood.
When we’re feeling like everything is dragging, we can change this by moving our bodies until we break out into a sweat. The pleasure we experience from all that dopamine and serotonin surging through our bloodstream will be the best motivator possible to want to make exercise a lifestyle.
- Practice self-compassion
When you must miss your hour at the gym, don’t hate on yourself for missing it, especially if you had an urgent work meeting or sudden family obligations. Self hate leads to self-sabotage, and this is a pattern you must avoid.
- Think positively
A positive mindset is the catalyst to all great change. Thinking is believing. The mind chatter that streams through your head all day long is incredibly powerful and creates your reality, unconsciously guiding daily actions and decisions. They create the story of your life. If you learn to think positively and expect favourable results and situations, manifesting them is much more likely to become your reality.
So when you feel too beat or just don’t have time for exercise, give yourself a pep talk. Tell yourself, “I love my body and will do whatever is necessary to keep it firm, lean and energised.” “I’m tired but I’ll feel uplifted and happy if I get even a bit of a workout in. And I’ll sleep better.”
In time, your mentality and attitude will affect your external life and circumstances, and positive change will start to happen.
- Do something, anything
If you miss a one hour workout, go up the stairs instead of taking an escalator. Walk the 5km to the supermarket rather than drive there. Park your car in the spot farthest from the supermarket instead of the closest. If you have a yard, street, or even a little space next to your bed, you have the opportunity to do squats, push ups, burpees, lunges, and a whole lot more. Even 10 minutes a day will teach you to commit to yourself and prove that you are a person of integrity and capable of following through with what you have promised yourself.
Remember, though it may be difficult to get started, if you follow those four tips and make these changes, you’ll find it much easier to balance your busy life while keeping healthy and fit at the same time.
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Ultimate You and its three pillars of change methodology, mindset, nutrition and training, has helped thousands of people to transform their mind, body and life outlook and become lean, energetic and healthy. Ultimate You’s philosophy is that weight loss and fitness can’t be achieved just with a physical training program, mindset and nutritional habits also need to be addressed to achieve long term change in a positive way.