Just like ABC Family, our countdown to the holidays has officially begun. Between shopping, decorating, crafting, EATING holiday treats, and more- it can be hard to make time for yourself, let alone a work-out. What’s more- since the invention of things like Pinterest you’re now expected to have perfectly designed homes and equally appealing and creative holiday treats and dinners. So how are you supposed to find the time to do anything for yourself?
If you can’t avoid the holiday treats- hopefully you can still commit to working out in some form (no, holding an excessive number of shopping bags through a crowded mall-though brave-does NOT count as a workout!). Let’s start thinking about ways we can still fit a workout into the schedule without scheduling your life down to the T and getting minimal sleep.
1. No elevators/escalators: take the stairs! Small changes such as this can make a BIG difference. They add up.
2. Portion control: If you struggle to make time to work out, don’t stack the cards against yourself by stacking your plate to the sky! Try the treats, but don’t eat the whole tray.
3. Take an inventory of your time: Have you ever heard the expression “you don’t HAVE time… you MAKE time”? When something is important to you, you’ll make it happen. Prioritize family and friends, but don’t forget about YOU in the meantime because YOU are the one that has to live with the results of your workout habits. If you stop to think about how you actually spend your time, you may come to find hidden clusters of time that is wasted or could be repurposed for something more productive. (Remember that Pinterest I mentioned earlier…) (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/make-time-to-work-out?page=1)
4. Time Your Screen Time: It is so easy to get sucked into the trap of DVR and Netflix, especially after a long day at work. But just stop and think about all those times you’ve been watching a mediocre show that you settled on after realizing you’ve already watched and re-watched every episode of your favorite shows. I dare to say you won’t miss those shows if instead of watching them… you took a little time to focus on you and your health. What’s more- if you just can’t resist the newest episode of your favorite show: make your time more valuable. Be an active viewer. Do something on the commercial breaks like sit-ups, jumping jacks, or yoga. (http://experiencelife.com/article/25-ways-to-make-time-for-fitness/)
5. No excuses: Play like a champion! Instead of making up excuses to say why you shouldn’t or can’t workout, think of reasons why you should and I can guarantee those pros will definitely outweigh the cons. Plus, think of all that time you waste even thinking up excuses that could be better spent. Everything tends to be so much easier said than done, but you have to start somewhere.