Of all the suggestions made, I think making the committment to yourself is the most important. We all let everyone else's needs and wants take precedence over our own. If we don't take time for ourself to try and stay healthy how will we continue to fulfill everyone else's needs/
Thank you for the article. The one thing I would take issue with is the one about getting up earlier. Americans are sleep-deprived as it is, and lack of sleep can interfere with weight loss. If you need to get up earlier to get your exercise done in the A.M. for all of the good reasons listed here, it should go hand-in-hand with going to bed earlier in the evening to make up for it. The suggestion about cutting down on media time is a great one, however! Great article!
1/19/2013 4:16:47 AM
About a year ago, I made a decision to walk to my town's bus loop instead of walking to the closest bus stop. It was basically two fold that I made this decision: the first reason was that I found that my bus was coming inconsistently to the bus stop and therefore found it was quicker to get to the bus loop by walking and secondly, I had gotten some Starbucks cards for my birthday and it was the perfect excuse to get my morning coffee on my way to work. Of course there are days I would prefer to take the bus to the bus loop, but I realize that it is much more sensible to walk to the bus loop instead of waiting for a bus to pick me up to take me to the bus loop. It also helps that I have walk most of the way up a hill. I have found that I have enjoyed it and it has just become a part of my day.
I'm wondering if anyone else out there profusely sweats during and after a workout. I find that a ten minute workout involves more TIME than 10 minutes... I usually take 15 to stop sweating, 15 for a cool shower, and another 15 to stop sweating after the cool shower. Because of the sweat most of these are not doable...
This was a great article and reminds me of all the healthy things you can do to get in shape and to goal. Thanks for sharing and the reminders of how we can get there and be motivated to keep it up. WE CAN DO THIS!!! We are worth it and setting an appointment up with ourselves is the best idea for staying focused.
one of my favorite ways to squeeze in exercise: if you go out on the town with friends, hit a club that plays music you like. then dance to it. when you're working out with people you like to music you love, it doesn't feel like a chore anymore.
of course, finding time to go out is a whole other issue, but you'll have to figure that out on your own :P
Articles like this one remind me how important and worthwhile exercise can be. I just went walking/hiking for an hour this afternoon and I really got a sense of accomplishment when I finished.
5/28/2012 6:43:53 PM
I really liked this article. It makes a lot of sense and makes exercising seem much less overwhelming. I've been trying to squeeze in 20 minutes a day on my lunch break and it's nice to know that it might actually be making a difference. :)
5/28/2012 2:50:22 PM
I really like the article. With regard to 'no time to exercise' - a coach I know once said that we may feel that exercise takes a lot of time. But she reminded us that if we don't exercise, we will very likely get health complaints.... and these take time too! Time spent in bed or on the couch, time spent in hospitals, time spent talking to doctors or trying to get educated on the problem, time trying to get help... So it's better to exercise and have fun than to not exercise and be ill and spend time miserable later...!
5/28/2012 11:28:55 AM
My husband and I walk 40 minutes 5 days a week. We get up at 4:30 am and have done that for 34 years. Guess what - we are slim and healthy. Do we like to get up early - heck no. But being healthy and slim is important so we do it.
I am not much of an exercise person and just reading all this is a challenge. But when I do exercise, it has to be at home in the morning before my shower. Then I can get going to work all fresh. Exercise = sweat for me and it has to be planned around that.
I have known people who go for a brisk walk at lunch at work and their friendships diminish over the afternoon, lol. Sweat and the office = yucky.
When I saw the headline I thought, "I'm going to scream if one of the tips is to get up earlier!" And it turns out to be the first tip. At least it also suggests going to bed earlier. But I don't see how that gives you any more time in the day. As someone who suffers from Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder I'm really senstive to the the "just change your sleep schedule" nonsense.
The other 9 suggestions are helpful.
5/15/2012 8:57:17 AM
i am not one of those people that is just making excuses that i don't have time so i won't have to work out. i do find time to do it, although just not every single day anymore. i do have to say, though, that these list articles annoy me with what they say about making time, especially in the morning. i don't know about anyone else, but i SWEAT when i work out, meaning that i need to shower afterwards if i'm going to be going anywhere. getting up 30 minutes earlier is NOT enough time for me to fit in a workout and a shower and get ready for work. i guess this is a girly/vanity thing, but it takes me a while to get ready and if i was going to be getting up early enough to fit in a workout and a shower and get ready all over again i would need to be getting up at like 4am. which is not ok :P
I like the idea of scheduling in exercise like an important appointment. It is important, because it is time well spent making and keeping yourself healthy! I also try to get my workouts done in the morning that way I have the rest of the day to handle life's unexpected twists and turns. Morning workouts also are a great energy boost to meet the day head on!
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