You keep saying you’re going to do it, but it seems like there’s simply not enough time in the day to get to it.
You’ve got work to go to, kids to raise, rush hour traffic to drive through, errands to run, a conference to attend, a business you’re working on, a house to keep up, a friend that needs help, and a spouse to make time for.
It’s not hard to find a million reasons why we feel like we just don’t have time for a workout. Somehow, making time to exercise keeps getting pushed to the bottom of our priorities lists.
Still, as tired as we are at the end of a busy day of being superheroes, we get even more tired of not loving how we look in the mirror when we take our clothes off. We’re tired of sucking our tummies in for photos. We’re tired of stretch marks and cellulite.
At the end of the day, you really just want to make the time to be a healthier, “tighter-tummied” you.
And you should!
Making time to exercise will do wonders for your body and overall quality of life.
Not only will it help you get control of your weight, but it will improve your mood, give you more energy, help you sleep better, put a spark back in your sex life, and help to reduce your chance of getting several diseases. (Mayo Clinic)
We’ve all heard that a big waistline can put us at an increased risk for many health problems including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. But for women, having too much belly fat can also affect fertility and increase her chances of getting breast cancer. (Web MD)
With all of the benefits of exercise and risks associated with having too much belly fat, you can’t afford to make any more excuses.
You’ve got to find a way to get to your core.
And here are a few tips to help to help you fit your workout into a busy schedule.
Do what you love
It’s very easy to put off a workout that we dread doing. For some people, the very idea of going on a 3 mile jog stresses them out.
If you dread your workout, you won’t make time for it. So, make it easy for yourself and a choose workout that you actually look forward to doing.
Bike through your favorite park. Try a Zumba video on YouTube. Join a hip-hop dance class. Exercise with a partner you enjoy being around. Start a competition.
You’ll find it easier to make time for a workout you really love to do.
Plan and Prepare
You know how the saying goes… “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
Well that is certainly the case when it comes to working out. It’s easy to say, “I’m going to get to my core today” but actually planning and preparing to do it is another story.
Try keeping an inventory of how you spend your time for two days. Maybe you need to sacrifice some of the time you spend watching TV or surfing the web. You may also need to learn how to say no. Making time for your workout might mean you’ll have to shift or let go of some of your other priorities. But it’s a sacrifice you shouldn’t feel bad about making. When you put yourself first and prioritize being healthy, then you will have a longer life to give to those you care about.
Remember that something is better than nothing.
Part of the reason why many of us don’t exercise is because we feel as though we have to carve out an hour of our day to do it. However that is not the case. Scattering a few minutes of exercise throughout the day can make a difference. You don’t necessarily have to go to gym, you can incorporate exercise into everything you do. Just pick a workout form that you can do almost anywhere with very little preparation.
Start parking far away from the buildings you enter. Play tag with your kids. Walk the long way on your commute from work. Run up and down a flight of stairs a few times. Do a few sit ups or planks before bed or when you wake up in the morning. Do a little something. Do it frequently and consistently. You’ll soon see how every little thing counts.
There are lots of other ways we can get healthy and start fighting belly fat!
I want to hear from you.