Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ok, so today's action step: blog about the most common excuses that get in the way of my workouts. Hmmm....where to begin? Over the last couple of years, I've racked up so many! Here are just a few:
-- I can't exercise today because I need to wrap up a few last minute things for work.
-- I would have exercised, but I needed to do the grocery shopping.
-- I was gonna go swimming but the lanes are all occupied.
-- I would exercise, but I don't have any workout clothes that fit.
-- I'm just too busy. Even if I had 10 minutes, what's the point?
So....what will I do to counter these situations in the future? Looking closely at each of these items, I would say that nearly all could be alleviated with advanced planning. If I can take control of my days and how I spend my time (just as one would take control of his money by creating a budget) then I can make sure I spend some of my time on exercise.
If I plan my day at work and spend my time wisely, there should be nothing at the end of the day that can't wait until tomorrow.
If I plan my meals for the week ahead of time, I can narrow down my shopping list by maximizing what I have on hand (so shopping takes less time). AND I can make sure my day planner includes the time required to do shopping at least once per week.
If I don't like swimming with others in the lanes, I will plan to have exercise gear in my bag so I can do something else once I'm at the gym.
No workout clothes fit? (Well, how do you think you're gonna get into them, Fay?) I can put on some loose-fitting sweats and get to work! OR watch for sales at Ross or Wal-Mart and budget some money for some workout clothes that I'll be proud to wear.
Too busy? Again -- plan, plan, plan. Take control. You've heard the saying, Time is money. I wouldn't just throw my money in the street. So why am I so liberal with my time?
I just can't say enough for time management. But I can also say that finding the resolve to take the first step is really key. I finally found that resolve yesterday and it really paid off. I had a great workout (took a spinning class for the first time ever). It lifted my spirits, and it reminded me that I CAN DO ANYTHING I plan to do.