Do you want to make time for fitness? Here are some easy Time Management Tips to find time for exercise while maximizing your productivity and increasing your energy each day.
You may have over done it during the holidays and now you’re more determined than ever this year to shed those extra pounds and incorporate a workout into your daily schedule. How do make time in your busy day to fit in exercise and take better care of yourself? How do you stay motivated?
Staying fit is a choice. You’re either committed to your health and your fitness or you’re not. But the research to make that commitment is compelling. People who maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly have more energy and feel less stressed. When you have more energy, you feel more motivated to get things done and your productivity improves. So fitting fitness into your routine is a time management strategy that actually saves you time and increases your productivity. It also saves you money because if you experience less stress, your immune system is strong and that means there’s less of a chance of getting sick and fewer visits to the doctor.
Use these Time Management Tips to maximize your productivity and increase your energy while you make time for fitness
Amie has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC and Good Morning America as well as all of the major health magazines, including Shape, Fitness and Women’s Health, the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsweek.
During our conversation we discuss:
- How staying fit can increase your productivity
- Simple ways to get started
- Easy ways you can increase your energy during the day
- Time Management Tips and techniques for fitting fitness into your busy routine
- Techniques for relieving stress when you feel overwhelmed
If you’ve been meaning to make time for exercise and a healthier lifestyle, there’s no better time than now to begin. This interview will help you get started on your way to a healthier you!
Follow these Time Management Tips to find time for fitness and maximize your productivity
We all make choices about how we spend our time. While we know staying fit and living a healthier lifestyle should be our number one priority, we often let those go by the wayside as other urgent priorities interrupt our good intentions.
1. Make a commitment to your own health and fitness.
If you’re not fully committed to making fitness a regular part of your life, you’ll stay stuck right where you are.
Remember, people are only motivated to change for 2 reasons: To seek pleasure or avoid pain. If you really want to make a change or reach a fitness goal but you haven’t committed to it, ask yourself these 4 questions:
- How is not committing to my own fitness helping me? There’s got to be some benefit to not committing to a personal fitness routine otherwise you’d be there. What is that?
- How is not committing to my own fitness hurting me? What is it costing me? More energy, better productivity, money, freedom from stress, better health? Be really specific and honest.
- If I make this commitment to my own health and fitness, what will the downside be? What am I afraid of? What’s holding me back or stopping me from making this commitment to myself?
- If I make this commitment to my own health and fitness what will I gain from that? What’s the upside? What will the benefits be to me?
2. Visualize yourself making a commitment to your own health and fitness.
See yourself accomplishing your fitness goals. What does that look like? How do you feel? Can you sense the excitement of finally obtaining what you want?
Once you have the answers to these questions and you can see yourself actually achieving your fitness goal, you’ll become more motivated to make a commitment to yourself to incorporate fitness into your daily or weekly routine. You’ll be in control of your mind with the full understanding that you always have a choice in what you do, whether or not you get up to go to the gym or stay in bed, whether or not you take even a small step to make a new commitment to yourself or you decide to stay right where you are.
3. Find time in your day to stay fit.
It’s not as hard as you think. We all spend some portion of our day when we’re not as productive as we could be. Where can you find the time to add a few minutes of exercise and healthier living habits to your routine?
Here are Time Management Tips for how to find extra time to work fitness into your day:
If you take a good look at how you spend your time each day, can you really say you’re spending all of your time as productively as you could? Do you think you could make better use of your time to save five minutes out of every hour? Where can you find the extra 5 minutes each hour?
- Do you spend some of your free time each day in idle conversation because you’re waiting to get on with the next task?
- Do you spend time in meetings when you could easily conduct that time on a conference call or on Skype?
- If you’re the one conducting a meeting, are you setting a time limit for it?
- If you’re at your desk all day working on a project, are you really spending all of your time at it, or do you find yourself drifting off, surfing the web, checking email or social media, reading the news or getting up frequently to refill your coffee cup or get a snack?
- Do you allow yourself to be interrupted by phone calls or colleagues who want to pass something by you?
- If you travel, how do you spend the time between meetings and flights?
- When you get home at night do you spend your time watching television? Or are you too exhausted to do anything but go to bed?
- In the morning, do you spend a little extra time in bed instead of getting some exercise, which you know would be good for you?
- Of course everyone needs downtime. How do you spend yours?
You choose how you spend your time and what you do with it.
Each second, minute, or hour you let pass by without meaningful intention is time you could have spent doing more of what you want which includes fitting in fitness. If you’re honest with yourself and you look at how you really spend your time each day, you’ll be able to see how much of your time is spent wasted.
As an experiment, try to save just 5 minutes out of every work hour today. When you notice you’re wasting time, turn your attention to a more productive activity. This time management tip will help you accomplish more each hour and that will save you time over the course of your day. If you do that, it’ll cumulatively add up to 40 minutes of free time!
Now you’ve just found the time for that fitness regimen you’ve been intending to start.
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All my best to you,