By Jennifer Gendron, PTS/FIS
Time – how is it that we get a fresh supply of it every day, yet we never seem to have enough? Not having enough time is the number one thing that my clients struggle with and having spoken with many other coaches, it is a common concern for all. I know that personally, it is one of the biggest things I wrestle with and finding the time to keep my workout schedule on track is always a challenge so when I hear this from clients, I can certainly understand. But when it comes right down to it, we all have the same 24 hours in our day and how we spend it is ultimately up to us. So what can we do to maximize our time and ensure that we can get in our daily dose of physical activity and mindfulness?
I recently started working with a coach who has a great challenge on an ongoing basis. Dai Manuel challenges his clients to spend 30 minutes a day, EVERY day on their health and wellness. This time includes 15 minutes in a HIIT style workout, followed by 5 minutes of mindfulness and 10 minutes of personal development. You can follow Dai at www.daimanuel.com When he breaks this down, it equals only 2% of our day – just 2%!! When you think about it, most of us waste this much time in any given day with things like waiting in line for coffee, surfing the internet or mindlessly watching television. So why not take some of that time and invest it in yourself!
Here are some tips to ensure you find that extra time you need to take care of yourself:
- schedule your health & wellness time right in to your calendar just like any other appointment – this is an investment in your most important asset – YOU – and should be treated just as important as any other appointment
- make a backup plan – even the best laid plans can get off track, so make sure you have a back up plan – missed your morning workout? squeeze in a lunch time break or find a few minutes after work before getting home to your evening – always have a back up plan
- break it up – can’t fit in a full hour at the gym? No worries! Break up your fitness routine in to small manageable blocks that you work in to your day – 15 minutes in the morning or at lunch, a quick after work walk or some body weight exercises in the living room after the kids go to bed – it all adds up!
- if you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up! We all have an off day where things just don’t go as we plan but we can’t let these days derail us. Cut yourself a break and get back on track the next day – you will be so glad that you did!
- find an accountability person – find a workout buddy or someone who will help keep you on track. Tell a friend or your spouse your plans and ask them to check in with you to see if you are staying on track.
- keep a wellness log – by writing things down, you will not only be able to track your progress, it will help you to stay accountable to yourself and is another trick for staying on track.
While it can be a challenge to make time in our busy schedules to stay consistent, it is so important to make sure that you do. Our health is our most important asset and you will never regret investing in yourself. If we don’t take the time to invest in ourselves now, eventually time will be made for us with illness and disease. So take the time to invest in yourself – you will be glad that you did!