How to keep your fitness high on the priority list

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The mental barriers we all face and how to overcome them for good…

priorityListPrioritise your fitness over perfection elsewhere in your life.

You can tell yourself that you don’t have time to workout… But, what you are really saying is that something else is more important than your health and fitness.

Perhaps the house isn’t as tidy as you’d like it to be today or you’ve been meaning to catch up with friends for weeks – stop and ask yourself what’s more important. The endorphin rush you’ll receive from fitting in a workout during that time will be much more rewarding. Always realise that other things can wait until tomorrow, but a missed workout today is final.

Work out efficiently – work harder in shorter periods of time!

Always choose something over nothing! There are many ways to intensify your workout and get more out of the little time you have. Even just 10 minutes can make a difference. Consider adding some interval training into your time on the treadmill (see this HIIT Treadmill workout).

Many people are opting to use their lunchbreaks for a brisk walk or workout. If you’re able to eat at your desk instead, this could be a great option and can help to keep your mind alert throughout the working day.

“Diarise it”

Place your workout times in your weekly planner the same as you would a business meeting, hair appointment or social event. Even use checkboxes to enhance the feeling of obligation. Getting into this habit will allow you to plan ahead the times that you can work out, and you will be able to keep track of your activity levels. You will also be reminded that your exercise time is just as important as your other daily commitments.

“But I have kids”

There is nothing selfish about staying fit as a parent. Your children will benefit from seeing you take care of yourself, and you can encourage them to develop the same healthy habits for life. Making time for exercise will also give you more energy to tackle your busy family life.

When you drop your child off to an after-school activity (such as football or netball training), don’t just sit there and watch! Head to a playground or open space nearby and do a few jogging laps or bodyweight exercises. Recruit other parents to train with you while the kids enjoy their activitity. If the children are being supervised by a responsible adult, this time can be used for your fitness, free of guilt!

If you have a young baby, invest in a jogging stroller and take them with you for a long walk or a jog outside. You can also strap your bundle of joy into a carrier and do squats and other bodyweight exercises around the house (see workout ideas for parents with babies on YouTube).

The take-away

Here at Lifespan, we understand that sometimes life can become so busy and stressful that our health and fitness goals get left behind. But we also know just how much regret we feel when we get back into our fitness routine and ask ourselves, “why did I ever allow myself to neglect my body like that?!”. There is much more reward to be gained from trying, instead of finding excuses.

So, here’s to keeping fitness high on the priority list – not just for the month, but for life!

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