So, you’re attempting to find time in your schedule to exercise. Searching, as if you’ve lost it. Trying to remember the last place that you saw it. Where did that time go? It’s all so exhausting! As if the guilt of not exercising isn’t enough…Look online and you’ll find endless hacks for ways to fit exercise into your life: Wake up early! Do lunges while you fold laundry! Take the stairs! All good advice, but what if we took a slightly different approach, one in which being active works for you, not the other way around?
We know that what we value gets our most attention – family time before exercise, for example. Exercise and fitness are often the first to go if we feel our hectic lives and relentless schedules are too much to accommodate yet another thing.
This was underscored in comments made in our recent Get Moving Survey, in which women were asked what they hate most about exercise:
“It’s just one more thing in an already full day,” writes one respondent, while another writes: “Getting to the gym, taking time out of my day and away from my family.” Or: “Finding the time to do it, finding the right balance.”
I always found the concept of “balance” an interesting one. It just seems so precarious. For most of us, balance is not a static state we can maintain; our lives are constantly in flux, ever changing.
So what if you could re-frame how you looked at being active, by first examining what you really want to achieve – spending time with friends and family, staying heart healthy, having a goal to work towards – instead of simply slogging it out at the gym because you think you should?
If we work backwards and figure out what your goals are, what motivates you, and what you value most, then you can structure your activities to meet those goals, determining how much time you need for each. If you goal is to meet new people, you may be able to achieve that by taking a weekly dance class. Want to qualify for the Olympics? That may take a little more commitment…
Here are some examples of goals you may have:
- Make more time for yourself
- Connect with friends
- Meet new people
- Develop new skills
- Discover new places (indoors and out)
- Spend more time in nature
- Tone your muscles
- Maintain your weight
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Boost your energy
- Improve your immune system
- Run a 5K
- Learn how to play water polo
- Complete a triathlon
- Ski the Black Diamond runs
When you start viewing exercise as a means to an end that you actually value – not just something you do as a default – being active becomes a lot more enjoyable. Because when you move your mindset, it’s a lot easier to move your body, too.
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