Taking time for ourselves is one the hardest things to do for most of us. Then, add a full-time job, a spouse, and sprinkle a few children into the mix… Overwhelming isn’t it?!
There are tons of reasons why we can’t get our workout commitment accomplished. On the flip side we, as a society, also waste about 2 hours a day on social media. So, even if it is only for ten minutes, do something that makes a positive impact on your fitness. Walking, 7 ½ minute workouts, tabata circuits… these are just a few things that can be done even on the busiest days.
If we tell ourselves that we are too busy, do not have enough time, or are too tired, we will never find that “Fire” to keep our health or fitness. It’s called rephrasing Self Talk. What we need to tell ourselves is what/where there is time to get something positive done.
- I can’t afford to join a gym, but I can do an exercise video.
- I don’t have the energy to run today, but I can walk.
- I’m tired and want to take the elevator, but the stairs will do me some good.
Role models are critical to our Self Talk. Humans learn throughout life by watching others and then replicating behaviors and movement. Role Models are the push we need for self-improvement. I’ve been fortunate to have fantastic role models, thanks to my Dad and Mom.
Health science is also making advancements in understanding the power of just small changes in our lives. Dr. Mike Evans or “DocMikeEvans” does an incredible job of describing the impact of just a little exercise on his Youtube Health Channel. He’s a really interesting guy. Check out “23 ½ Hours”.
In case you didn’t know… in 2015, the US released a new set of guidelines for recommended levels of physical activity. The prior simple 3 days a week of 30 minutes of moderate exercise is now a new minimum of 300 minutes of moderate or 150 minutes vigorous activity spread out through the week.