Making Exercise A Daily Habit
The first objection that most people say is that "they don't have time". Let's examine this closer. Do you have time to talk endlessly on the phone, texting or talking? Do you have time to watch mindless t.v. programs that you have seen before or informercials
even though you don't have the money to buy what they are hawking? Do you have time to play online games on the internet or cruise your FB page for hours on end even though you might be seeing some of these same people face to face during your daily or weekly life?
If you dare this coming week try this experiment: keep track of all of your 24 hours and how you spend it. It might only take a day to see where your "time is going" or it might take a couple but soon you will see a pattern. Before you think that I am coming down hard on you, I want you to know that I am guilty on all accounts of everything I just mentioned above. Yes, I watch informercials, I talk and text even though "nothing much has happened" in my life since the last time I spoke with someone, I have spent hours playing online games (which I hate to admit I am pretty proficient at) as well as checking out FB feed not realizing how much time it both cuts into my sleep time (very important for any of us who are serious about losing weight) as well "potential" exercise time. Ah, yes, exercise time.
I am not saying that you have to give all of the above out because I haven't. I just put limits on how long I will do some of those things. I check FB every 36 hours. I stop playing online games by 1 a.m. for my bedtime. I track and log my food between the national news and the first good program at 8 p.m. EST. I do my strength exercises (core, upper and lower) sometimes while watching t.v. or sometimes I put that person on speakerphone and exercise while we are chatting. In fact, I had a friend last year who did the same and we worked out together talking while we were lifting those hand weights or doing those core exercises. As for those informercials; well, there is a favorite one but I have told myself that once I have lost a specific amount of weight I am going to order that set of dvds. It gives me an added incentive to work out.
Besides getting in that daily exercise, it also has the added benefit of keeping me from wandering into the kitchen looking for something to snack on. I call that a "two fer". I am getting a "two for one benefit"; more calories burned than calories ingested.
Not a bad deal in my book!
The key in fitting in daily exercise is looking for and then filling those time slots in yours (and mine) busy life that is "down time". If you do better by working out with a group or at a specific location (fitness center, gym, pool) then decide that instead of watching those fall re-runs you will devote some "me time" to engaging your muscles below your neck. You will be happy that you did all of this now when it comes time for summer and swim suits.
Also, think "outside of the box" when it comes to what actually constitutes exercise: any kind of physical movement is burning calories---some more than others. It might be time to become a "neat freak" around the house, dorm room or apartment, if it means that you are vacuuming more, doing laundry or other mundane chores. "Move It and Lose It"
is the motto I live by. This is where wearing that pedometer can help you reach beyond a specific goal. If you have a personal goal of 5000 steps a day, see if you can pass that by looking for extra steps in your day. You would be surprised at how motivating that pedometer can become and how it can be a part of your overall effort to bring more movement into your life.
If you haven't gotten the "exercise bug" yet, don't worry, you have plenty of time. Start today and then don't stop
finding new ways to bring more movement and activity back into your life. You will be glad you did when it comes time to remove the winter coats, baggy sweats and show off all of your hard work.
As the song says "You gotta move it, move it...."
Keep it up, Pam