Making time to be active
Do you struggle with making time to be active? One of the most common reasons I hear as to why people don't exercise regularly is lack of time. Although everyone's life is very different and there may be circumstances out of your control, I want to breakdown some of the time you do have in your week (and hopefully shift your perspective).
There are 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week.
You may spend 50 hours a week working, an additional 50 hours a week doing other necessary stuff (including commuting to and from work, bringing your kids to sports, carrying for elderly parents, cleaning, grocery shopping etc.). Perhaps you even sleep 8 hours a night (56 hours of the week).
If you add that up 50 + 50 + 56 = 156, which leaves you with 12 additional hours each week! 12 hours doesn't seem like a whole ton, but it's enough time to add regular movement into your life, spend some quality time with family and friends and perhaps even get in some Netflix!
For example, I usually wake up and check the news, social media etc. from my phone (not a habit I love, but I'm being honest...I do it). I spend about 15 minutes each morning doing this, when you add that up in a week, that's almost 2 hours a week! Often times what is needed most is not more time but a shift in perspective and re-prioritizing if your time.
Just like you carve out time for work, your kids needs, your house keeping, carve out time to be active (to move more). It doesn't have to be an hour 5-7 days a week, it could be 20-30 minutes each day or even 4-5 days a week. Do what works for you and fit it in where you can.
You owe yourself 30 minutes a day for your health, self maintenance, and care. Maybe that 30 minutes isn't dedicated to being active each day, but doing something for you (perhaps that includes taking a bath, meditating, reading a book you love, whatever it is.....make it happen) because that 2-3% of your entire day REALLY MATTERS.
If you are looking to get active and move more in 2019, make it a priority, set aside the time for you and make it a routine. It's the healthy routines we establish that truly turn into a healthy lifestyle.
Until next time,
Eat Right Feel Right- Angela XO