Monday | January 29, 2017
By Richard Harrison, iGenFIT
There is never enough time in the day. The older you get, the less time 24 hours seems to feel like. Whether you stay up until 2 AM every night, or you wake up at 4 AM, or both, there never quite seems to be enough time to get everything done.
Of all of the barriers to beginning a healthier lifestyle, whether its following through on your New Year’s Resolution, exercising more regularly, or eating healthier, time seems to be at the top of the list. “I don’t have the time to get to the gym.” “I don’t have time to cook healthy meals every night.”
Whether you like it or not, we’re here to tell you that you’re both right and wrong. It’s not that you don’t have the time, it’s that you don’t make the time. If having time was the main reason for people not exercising and not eating healthy, then the only people exercising would be personal trainers, and even then, they probably wouldn’t be able to because they would all be out of jobs.
Time is something that you need to be able to organize. You can’t control time, but you can certainly organize your life and plans around it. It’s a matter of prioritizing your daily tasks in order of importance. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, the number 1 priority has to be you and/or your health.
Without your health, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else. Without your health, you won’t be able to work in your field. You won’t be able to love anyone else. Your health is the only thing allowing you to do everything else in your life.
Are there different levels of health deprivation? Yes, you can get by with certain levels of deprivation. You can be over-weight or even obese for a period of time. You can avoid exercising, eat only once a day, and make that one meal fast-food for years. But, you will end up paying for it with years off of your life expectancy, and an increased risk of multiple diseases.
With the amount of time that nearly every age-group today spends on technology throughout their day, easily half of that time could be dedicated to a 30 minute exercise or 30 minutes of healthier nutrition or 30 minutes for both.
You could do 30 air-squats in front of the television, walk up and down the stairs 10 times, do 25 push ups, 30 crunches, 20 dips, and still have enough time to make a fresh garden salad with tuna on top within that amount of time. The best part is that it took almost no time out of your regular workday, cost you nothing, and provided you with both nutrition and exercise.
Making time for exercise and nutrtion doesn’t need to be a huge leap. In fact, it’s better to make smaller steps to increase the likelihood of you creating a solid habit. Smaller steps make goals manageable and realistic. Smaller steps also help build a habit through the constant repetition of small steps that build off of each other.
Start exercising by taking a walk around the neighborhood once a day. When you feel comfortable with that add in some push-ups. Then add air-squats. Soon you’ll have built in an entire body workout, and will have found the time you never had.
You don’t need to dive in and buy the latest and greatest healthy recipe books. Start by making healthier choices. Do you really need to have a Big Mac? Do you need those fries on the side? Choose alternatives first. Substitute fruit in place of candy and sweets. Drink water instead of beer or alcohol. Choose sweet potatoes over white potatoes. Every little decision will start to add up quickly once you’ve created a consistent decision tree.
Making choices outside of your comfort zone is difficult, because you’ve programmed your mind to enjoy the way you currently live. Anything different isn’t going to fit into the habits and comfort zone. When you make several healthier steps, reward yourself with something small.
You don’t want to go over the top, but you could indulge yourself a little for being good. The reward shouldn’t be after just one positive change as this would reverse your progress immediately. Instead, be disciplined and hold off for as long as you can.
Tell The People Closest To You
There’s nothing more annoying than being surrounded by people who are not only not invested in your goal, but are also sabotaging your progress. They may not be sabotaging you on purpose, but may just be oblivious to your goals. Tell the people around you, that you’re closest to, about your goals so that they can be there to support you.
Time isn’t going to stop for you, nor is it going to bend around your tasks. It’s up to you to prioritize what is most important to you. Generally your day can hold a maximum of 3 tasks. Anything more than that you and you will start to lose efficiency and effectiveness.