Do Your Workouts Fit Your Lifestyle?
I’d love to freak you out and start by saying that I don’t LIVE to WORKOUT! I actually workout to live.
Sure I’m a fitness professional that loves to stay fit. Being fit and healthy gives me energy, makes me feel happy; releasing my endorphins and feel good hormones at a consistent pace.
I love having the stamina to carry heavy bags of groceries, or move a table with my fiancé, or drop and do 10 push-ups with my nephew! That’s called being an active participant of life! I want to take advantage of ALL life has to offer and staying healthy allows me to do that daily and for the long term.
If you think that I exercise HARD for 60 minutes a day to stay healthy, then you must think I’m training for an IRONMAN too! Haha. I’m not a professional athlete; I’m fitness professional. Let’s not get the two confused.
I’m not saying that fitness professionals don’t train like athletes, because I know several that do! That is a priority in their life and a big use of their time.
TIME is a very valuable thing. It’s probably the most valuable asset you have. So deciding how you spend your time should take some thought and planning! I mean, if you are winging it everyday and just hoping you accomplish the To-Do list then most likely you will end up wasting 50% of your time each day. I’ll get into productivity later, but the takeaway here is that time is precious and we are all going to use it differently, depending on our priorities.
So write them out! What are your priorities? How much time can you spend on those priorities? What is robbing you of your time that could get booted from your life? TV? Phone? Happy Hour?
I want Fitness to be one of those Priorities because I honestly believe that when you exercise, your life will change. It’s the catalyst of all things good! Eating healthy doesn’t take extra time, if you think that is the case, I’ll talk about that later too!
But exercise does take time! However, it doesn’t have to take much.
Think about how much extra time you could spend on exercise each day? It could vary day to day but think about it. 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes? Whatever that number is, put it on your daily priority list.
MAKE YOUR WORKOUTS FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE!
Too often fitness experts will offer the workout program that will change your life and promise results. Well I’m here to tell you that if the workout program they are offering doesn’t fit your lifestyle, you won’t be consistent with it, you might get some short-term results, but then it becomes another failure in the books for you.
BUT IT’S NOT A FAILURE! It’s not your fault and it’s not the programs fault. It was a mismatch of program to person.
I firmly believe that if you find a program that fits your lifestyle, you will be consistent and you will achieve the long-term fitness results you want!
Say you have 10 minutes to workout daily: Then do 10 minute but do it daily! It might take you longer to lose 10 lbs. but if you are consistent, you eat healthy and fuel your mind with positive mantras instead of self-doubt; you will absolutely hit that goal.
The worst thing people do is start a fitness program and not think realistically about how that program will fit into their life. Then it becomes a roller coaster of starting and stopping. In order to see results, you must be consistent and make time for what fits your lifestyle.
I hardly ever exercise for 60 minutes unless I take a spin class, yoga, or circuit class. But that is about 1-2 times a week. On my own, I’ll do a 30-minute run or stair workout on days I have more time. Some days I’ll only do 10-20 minute strength circuit or jump rope intervals. I allow this variety because it has to fit my lifestyle. If I tried to do a 60 minute workout everyday I would get frustrated, burnt out, bored, dread my workouts, and simply give up after a while. It’s not how I prefer to spend my time. But that’s just me! You have to find what you love and what will keep you motivated to be consistent.
Try my motto “Workouts that fit your lifestyle” in your life. List your priorities and make EXERCISE one of them. Tell me what you would kick off the schedule to make better use of your time.
I would love to know how much time you can prioritize exercise into your daily routine!
Love & Fitness,