We all lead busy lives, it’s tough to make time for yourself if you never put yourself on the schedule! We all have check-lists a mile long and all too often we neglect putting ourselves on those lists. Here’s a few ideas to start prioritizing your own health and well-being.
- Put it on your schedule. One thing that has helped me is to map out each day the night before. Wake up, eat, work out, do xyz for this job and abc for this job (I wear a lot of hats :). Having the schedule doesn’t guarantee that things will always work out that way but it does give you a fighting chance. Additionally, this creates a less ‘reactive’ life – aka you are just dealing with the fires and not the big picture, I know as an entrepreneur this has been crucial for me because there is always some kind of fire to put out – big or small.
- Work out in the morning. I know this is tough but working out in the morning before life gets crazy is always easier. One exception is working a job where you can truly put it down at the end of the day and not get dragged back in.
- Move the needle, even if it’s just a little bit and then give yourself credit. All too often we have members that quit the gym because they aren’t working out as much as they used to but are still getting in every now and then. Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress. Come when you can, pat yourself on the back for doing so, and know that you are in a season that won’t last forever. I like asking folks that are leaving the gym if what they are going to will move them closer to their fitness goals? If the answer is yes, then rock on with yourself but often I don’t think that is the answer.
- Find some friends. Start a group chat and hold each other accountable. We have our “Barbell Club” group chat and besides the ridiculous memes, articles, etc that are sent out we also use it for a roll call in the morning (In/Out for the workout).
- Just move. It doesn’t even have to be at the gym. Emoms are perfect for at home workouts – step-ups, push ups, air squats, sit ups, jump rope, runs, etc. Turn up the music and just start moving, you likely don’t even need to warm-up if you allow the first few minutes to get the blood flowing.
- Take on projects at home. Yard work, build something, tear something down/out. Increase your overall activity level by adding some of (or just recognizing) these low level activities that DO help increase your health and well-being.
Find one that feels like it will help you this week and give it a try!