Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle With a Busy Schedule
If you’re anything like me then you probably have an overloaded schedule, people you are responsible for and places to be. You set a fitness goal and things start to work out for a few days, but then quickly life catches back up and you’re pulled into your responsibilities. You don’t even realize how much time has passed since your last workout when you realize, yup, I got too busy for that again.
Making time to achieve personal goals can be difficult, let alone a fitness goal. Taking time out of your day to get sweaty, jump in the shower and recompose yourself takes up time! But the reality of it is that, setting a health and fitness goal can be accomplished no matter what your schedule looks like. The biggest thing I constantly remind myself is, “if it’s important I’ll make it happen, if it’s not… well I won’t”.
How important is it to you to keep your health standards in your life?
Now you might be thinking, “its’ pretty dang important, you just don’t understand the workload I’m under”. Yes, it’s true, I don’t understand. But I do know that human beings are capable beyond the expectations we believe of ourselves.
Take these few tips for what you will, but believe me, you will notice quickly the small changes you can implement in your life right away to make the changes you desire.
1. You Don’t Have to Go to the Gym
A lot of us set these incredible large goals of what we want our bodies to be (which is fantastic), but as you know, it won’t happen over night. When we start the commitment to our new goals we see this large change that we expect so we go all out. We buy memberships, subscribe to monthly supplement products and buy new cute workout gear. And then like I said, life catches up, the responsibilities take over and the disappointment of falling so far from our large goals sink in. Which then discourages us from starting again.
Begin realistic and be consistent. If you only have 10 minutes in a day TAKE IT! Don’t expect yourself to be able to dedicate an hour at the gym right away. So be proud of the 10 minutes or so that you can take and feed off that fuel. Maybe you’re results will come slower, but hey, you are still one step closer than you were yesterday.
2. Make Small But Impactful Decisions
When you are constantly on the go you speed through life, you sometimes don’t fully realize what you ate during the day or how long you really sat at a desk. By tweaking just the most minor details of our days, you can begin to form lifelong habits quickly. Grab an apple in the morning to keep as your emergency snack for when hunger strikes but you’re in the middle of something and you would usually head to the vending machine. Throw out those high calorie drinks and keep a bottle of water around to hydrate your muscles and joints. Or like most everyone says, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
When you notice your body has been stagnant for too long give it some dang blood flow and walked around the building or house (perfect opportunity for a mental break and creative thinking)! It might take awhile to remind yourself to adjust small things in your life. But after awhile those small things become subconscious and transform into larger
3. Find Competition
Whether it’s excelling in work or at school, the drive to be the best motivates most all of us. If you find yourself constantly starting, ending and re starting your fitness and health goals then maybe you need to analyze why you want that goal in the first place. If your motivation factor isn’t strong enough to keep you consistent, then find a better one. When we are busy we often time prioritize our to do lists with what’s most important. Creating a competition whether it’s with someone, or competing against yourself sets deadlines for your goal. Make it friendly, but also challenging and that busy bee inside of you will work to prioritize time you didn’t think you had. And hey, you can even start a sport to really through in some fun competition!
In the end, being busy is just an excuse. Life goes through phases – school, work, marriage, kids etc. and every phase with come with its series of different responsibilities. When you want something bad enough you can make it happen. Just remember that small and consistent steps (even if you’d rather be taking leaps) will still push you further than you were yesterday. It’s all about a day-by-day commitment and being proud of whatever you can accomplish no matter what level.
Share your story of how you accomplished your health and fitness goals while balancing a busy schedule below! I love being motivated on what YOU can do!