There comes a time in your life when you have to stop making excuses. I’m too busy. I have laundry, I have dishes, I have errands to run, I have peas to shuck…. The excuses can go on and on until we put our foot down and make a decision. We often come to crossroads when making important decisions. As much as we want to believe that working out is not important, we are reminded daily that living a healthy lifestyle is important for the longevity and sanity of our lives. Although we are reminded of this daily we still manage to not fit working out into our daily routines. Trust me, I know how busy life can get but for me I take one look at my little girls and remember the life that I promised myself and promised them. I want to be one of those moms playing soccer after school rather than sitting on the sidelines. I want to climb the monkey bars rather than sit on the benches and watch from afar. I want to workout with my little ones by my side saying, “Great job mommy! I am so proud of you!” This is what I have promised myself. Yes I have tons of other things that I need to get done but I take a step back and prioritize. Ask yourself what really matters and what gets you to your end goal?
Here are some tips to help you get started living and to stop hiding behind excuses:
1. Prioritize: A To-Do List is a great way to prioritize your day. When everything is laid out in front of you it seems much more manageable. Write everything done and then number accordingly to how important it is to complete that task today. And yes, a workout should be on the To-Do List. For most, exercising is not a habitual thing. It is something that is easily overlooked therefore it needs to be on the list. It is up to you to decide how much of a priority exercise truly is. If your current goal is to loose 30 pounds then it should be priority 1 or 2. If you goal is to remodel your house before winter then exercise might drop on the priority list for a couple months but by no means should it be at the bottom. Perhaps an evening workout rather than a morning workout, compirmise!
2. Make a decision: Whether you choose exercise as a priority or not, it is your decision, so run with it. At anytime you can re-evaluate your list of priorities. Sitting on the fence and not making a decision takes up too much time and is unproductive. Who knows, now that your thoughts and priorities are organized maybe you finish your To-Do List and now have time to squeeze in a workout.
3. Stop making excuses, start small: It’s easy to make excuses as to why we have not worked out. There are so many I can’t even list them. The biggest excuses I hear is, “I don’t have time.” My answer is start small. Start working out 2 times a week, then increase to 3 times a week, and so on. Telling yourself that you have to fit in an hour each day might seem impossible but 1 hour a week is doable. Then you realize you can squeeze in another hour, then another, before you know it you made the time. Remember, there is no rule to how long the workout has to be. If you have 20 minutes make it the toughest butt kicking. Get started and get it done! 1 day a week 2 days a week , 20, 30, 40 minutes whatever you have use it.
4. Don’t loose sight of your goals: Even with the hustle and bustle of everyday life don’t forget about your goals. It is easy to have life get in the way and we fall off track, but look at you goals and get back on track. Always make sure that you stay motivated and stay focused on your end goal.
I have talked a lot about life goals and milestone accomplishments only because it WORKS! Each day we wake up we need to embark on the day feeling motivated and inspired. Each night our head hits the pillow we need to feel empowered and accomplished. Cleaning the house, folding laundry, running errands those are important for my sanity but when I take a look at the long term goal those are not listed anywhere on my accomplishments. Taking an hour out of my day to workout is part of my long term goal. I lay my head down feeling accomplished and empowered. Our chores will wait for us but our health will quickly leave. Make the decision and stop making excuses! Those people that you see working our everyday made the same decision that you are faced with but they chose to make exercise a priority.